Oswego now offers robotics-assisted knee arthroplasty

Orthopedic surgeons from the Center for Orthopedic Care at  Oswego Health are the only surgeons in Oswego County to bring robotically-assisted knee arthroplasty to the surgery center.

The NAVIO Surgical System incorporates hand-held robotics and 3-D images of the patient’s knee. This allows the surgeon to collect patient-specific information, establish spatial boundaries for the surgical instrument, and allow for more accuracy removing the damaged surfaces of the knee.

The system assists with properly balancing the ligaments of the joint and accurately positioning the implant leading to potentially better outcomes and longevity. Unlike other robotics systems, patients are not required to undergo a pre-operative CT scan with the NAVIO Surgical System from Smith & Nephew.

Physician Michael Diaz was instrumental in bringing this state-of-the-art technology to Oswego Health and has extensive experience in performing this level of surgery.

“Not only are we achieving a greater level of accuracy with the use of robotically assisted systems, but with our primary focus being on patient care, our patients receive cutting-edge care with shortened recovery times,” said Diaz. “Our goal is to provide robotically assisted total knee on an outpatient basis.”

Said Michael Harlovic, president & CEO at Oswego Health: “Patient-centered care is the core of our mission at Oswego Health. Whether that be recruiting top medical professionals such as Dr. Diaz to meet the healthcare needs of our community, or purchasing state-of-the-art technology, we are making these investments to ensure the highest level of quality healthcare needed is provided right at home in Oswego County.”

Photo: Diaz

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