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Computer-Guided Knee Replacement

Computer-Guided Knee Replacement

Knee replacements can reduce pain and increase quality of life for most patients.   A new procedure called computer-guided knee replacement now allows surgeons to provide a personalized fit for each patient's knee implant.

Computer-guided knee replacement begins before surgery with an advanced MRI  and computer technology to design a custom cutting guide.  The surgeon uses this guide during surgery to position the knee implant to fit the natural joint more exactly -- the closest thing to a patient's own natural joint.  Customized knee replacements also can last longer and result in fewer complications.

The pre-surgey planning provided by the MRI and custom-cutting guide lessens surgery time as it reduces the amount of time surgeons need to check and recheck the replacement's fit.  The decreased procedure time allowed by computer-guided knee replacement surgery offers patients such benefits reduced blood loss, less anesthesia, and less chance for infection. 

This less invasive procedure mean knees comfortably move and function sooner.  The vast majority of St. Mary orthopedic patients return home in just two to three days.


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  A custom cutting guide is created from an advanced  MRI performed before the knee replacement surgery