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NorthShore University HealthSystem First in Illinois to Perform Remarkable Robotic Arm Guided Partial Knee Replacement Surgery
Date:9/10/2009

resume activity sooner and experience a more natural feel to the knee."

"The robotic component takes computer assisted surgery to an exciting new level because it allows a highly technical procedure to be performed in a very precise, reproducible and consistent way," added William J. Robb III, M.D., head of NorthShore's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

This remarkable technology allows surgeons to isolate and remove only the arthritic or damaged portion of the knee through a smaller incision than conventional surgery. This preserves the surrounding healthy bone and tissue. It also allows surgeons to precisely position an orthopaedic implant in the knee joint to restore knee function.

The ideal candidate for this procedure is someone who has tissue damage in the inner or front part of the knee, cruciate ligaments (cross-shaped ligaments in the knee joint) that function close to normal and good range-of-motion. The procedure takes 90-minutes and includes a short hospital stay. Many patients are able to return to an active lifestyle within weeks of the procedure.

The process begins with a preoperative CT scan of the patient's knee. The robotic system uses the scan to create a 3-D live-action, virtual view of the patient's bone surface, which helps the surgeon identify the exact alignment, position and size of the implant as it relates to the patient's anatomy and knee function. The system then maps the 3-D image to the interactive robotic arm. As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile - voice, visual and touch - direction limits the surgical activity to the diseased areas only and provides for optimal implant positioning and placement.
"The surgeon is able to control every aspect of the procedure because the robot provides t
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