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Shasta Regional Medical Center to offer patients Robotic Assisted Partial Knee Replacement

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REDDING, CA; (May 16, 2016) Shasta Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in the North State to implement Robotic Orthopedic Surgery with Navio Surgical System for Partial Knee Replacement Surgery. The addition of the Navio orthopedic surgical system will help orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Richard Cross, Dr. John Lange and Dr. Paul Schwartz perform precise and accurate partial knee replacement surgeries that offer patients one of the most advanced surgical technologies in the North State.

Navio technology for partial knee replacements utilizes a navigation platform to assist the surgeon in building patient-specific surgical plans and allows the surgeon to prepare the bone with the precision of robotics in a hand-held, freehand sculpting technique leading to improved patient outcomes.

“Using the Navio system allows me to visualize my patient’s x-ray before I even begin to remove bone,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Cross. “Robotic-controlled smart instrumentation like the Navio allows us to very precisely resurface our patient’s knees for partial knee replacements.

With no pre-operative CT-scan required, the Navio system integrates easily into existing knee-replacement workflows. This allows the patient to receive the benefits of robotic-guidance without additional time spent for pre-operative procedures. Instead, the surgeon registers the patient during the procedure using kinematic reconstruction and anatomic landmarks. This information assists the surgeon in planning the implant location and balancing the knee’s ligaments for a more natural feeling knee.

The Navio robotic-controlled hand-piece is tracked in real-time in relation to the intended resurfacing plan and is computer controlled to remove only the bone required to place the implant. “Potential benefits to the patient are numerous,” said Dr Schwartz. “By making partial knee replacements a more accessible option through enabling very precise and predictable results, the patient has available a surgical procedure that is generally associated with smaller incisions, less scaring, a shorter hospital stay or an outpatient procedure in some cases, and quicker recovery when compared with the total knee replacement alternative.”

Navio is developing the next generation of “smart” surgical instruments for use initially in orthopedic procedures and then for other surgical specialties including neurosurgery, spinal and otolaryngology (“ENT”). The Navio System provides the surgeon with a layer of safety and enhanced accuracy while performing bone shaping tasks through minimally invasive incisions.

To learn more about Navio Surgical System for Partial Knee Replacement Surgery, visit