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Manager's Guide to Orthopedic Surgery - August 2014

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4 4 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 M ore and more partial knee replacements are being per- formed with the aid of naviga- tion systems, which come in an ever-increasing array of options. There's computer-assisted navigation, robot- ic-assisted surgical technology and systems that con- vert scans into custom 3D cutting guides. "Image- guided can mean so many things today," says Ronald Anthony Navarro, MD, the regional coordinating chief of orthopedic surgery at the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in Pasadena. S U R G I C A L N A V I G A T I O N ABC's of Ortho Navigation Systems Is computer-assisted surgery for you? Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief VIRTUAL REALITY Will your surgeons use a computer, a hand- held robot or a custom cutting guide when they perform partial knee replacement surgery? "They all promise to make the surgeon's tech- nical job easier and to let us become better sur- geons." These advances that digitize the patient's anatomy share one thing in common. They give the surgeon greater accu- racy and precision in placing the implant and aligning the leg on the mechanical axis than ever before, certainly better than relying on vision and intuition. "Software-guided knee surgery has the potential to not only streamline the surgical process, but also to improve the mechani- cal alignment of the knee and thereby optimize patient outcomes," says orthopedic surgeon John A. Peters, MD, of Kaiser

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