Cornerstone Regional Hospital Performs the First Robotics-Assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty Using the NAVIO Surgical System◊ in Texas


Edinburg, TX– Dr. Raul Marquez, Orthopedic Surgeon of the Marquez Robotic Orthopedic Institute is a thought leader in the field of robotics-assisted surgery. On Monday, June 12, 2017 at Cornerstone Regional Hospital Dr. Raul Marquez performed the first CT-free robotics-assisted total knee arthroplasty procedure, using the NAVIO Surgical System, in Texas.

“The NAVIO system provided me with robotic assistance for precise and efficient implant placement,” said Dr. Raul Marquez. “I was delighted to see how seamlessly it integrated into our standard workflow.”

Unlike other robotics-assisted platforms, the NAVIO system does not require a pre-operative CT-scan. Instead, the surgeon collects patient-specific data during the procedure to build a 3D model of the patient’s knee. This is used to plan the surgery. To perform the procedure, a handheld robotics-assisted tool (the NAVIO handpiece) is used to position NAVIO-specific cut guides exactly as intended, based on the patient-specific data previously collected. This extra layer of precision and accuracy is designed to enable optimal implant placement for better patient outcomes.

Dr. Marquez added, “The introduction of robotic assistance should have knee replacement candidates feeling very confident about the future of knee surgery. I believe this technology has great promise and will eventually be used in many other orthopedic surgical procedures.”

Smith & Nephew, the manufacturer of the system, is committed to developing other robotics-assisted surgical applications for the system. In the United States, the NAVIO system has been used in unicondylar knee arthroplasty since December 2012, and patellofemoral arthroplasty since July 2014.

To learn more about NAVIO robotics-assisted surgery at Cornerstone Regional Hospital, contact Marla Sandoval, Marketing and Business Development Manager.

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