Computer Navigated Total Knee Arthroplasty
Total knee replacements have become one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine however the polyethylene (plastic) liner wears with use.
Amount of wear is dependent of multiple factors which include both modifiable factors (e.g. alignment of joint during surgery) and non-modifiable factors (e.g. age). The life of the prosthesis can be extended by precise alignment of the prosthesis and this can be achieved by the use of computer navigation for knee replacement surgery.
Computer navigation provides the surgeon with the real time 3-D images of the mapped patient’s knee during surgery. These images guide the surgeon to precisely resurface and cut the bones of the knee and fix the implant accurately according to the pre-operative surgical plan.
The surgery is done by the surgeon and computer navigation is a tool to guide the surgeon and improve the outcome of the surgery.
Dr Goudar has been using computer navigation techniques in all his Primary Knee replacement surgery and sees the technique as a useful tool in delivering accurate and safe surgery.