Orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Fabi performed Paradise Valley Hospital’s
first robotic-assisted total knee replacement procedure early this morning
at the San Diego Spine & Joint Center at Paradise Valley Hospital.
“While non-robotics-assisted knee replacement procedures are routine,
robotics technology allows for a greater level of precision above traditional
surgery that uses standard stand instrumentation,” said Dr. Fabi.
“Eventually, I believe joint replacements will be assisted by robotic
technology more and more.”
The patient was undergoing the procedure as a result of arthritis. For
the total knee replacement, the patient’s bones were resurfaced
where they meet at the joint. Molded metal and plastic parts are capped
on the bones to replace the damaged sections that were resurfaced away.
Unlike other robotics-assisted platforms, the NAVIO Surgical System does
not require a pre-operative CT-scan. Instead, Dr. Fabi collected patient-specific
data during the procedure to build a virtual 3D model of the patient’s
knee, which was used during the surgery to customize the knee and increase
precision and accuracy, affording the patient with the best possible result.
As the procedure is minimally invasive, recovery times are quicker. “With
this patient, we expect her to be up and moving—with minimal pain—in
a few days,” Dr. Fabi said.
“Having used robotics-assisted technology for partial knee arthroplasty
before it was easy to understand how the same benefits could translate
to total knee arthroplasty,” he continued. “I’m excited
for the future of this technology and what it means for my patients.”