|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
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.