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Aurora Wellness Center hosts free program on robotic knee surgeryFriday, December 01, 2006
New computer assisted surgery assists surgeons in total knee replacement procedures
“The medical studies clearly show the clinical benefits of computer-assisted surgery,’’ said Dr. Dussault. “In the future, this will be the standard of care. All total knee replacement procedures will be done with the assistance of computer technology.’’
Studies indicate that a common cause of implant failure is implant malalignment, even a minor malalignment leads to excessive wear on the new joint, causing it to fail over time.
“The system positions the implant with great precision, reducing the potential for malalignment,’’ said Dr. Dussault.
“With the technology, I can position an implant perfectly and consistently,’’ he said.
The PiGalileo™ Computer-Assisted Orthopedic Surgery System provides instant feedback to physicians during the surgery. Dr. Dussault said that real time feedback is crucial in improving precision.
“From a surgical perspective, that’s a key part of the technology that allows me to improve the positioning of the implant,’’ he said. “Obtaining that feedback during the procedure is phenomenal.’’
At this point, Dr. Dussault said the technology is being used for knees, although it can be used in hip replacement procedures. He also uses the system at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn.
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.
Andy Johnson (262-767-6267)