US-based St Cloud Surgical Centre has deployed Blue Belt Technologies’ Navio technology, in a bid to help surgeons carry out precise and accurate partial knee replacement surgeries.

The facility is using the Navio orthopaedic surgical system, which allows implementing CT-free robotics-assisted orthopaedic surgery.

St Cloud Surgical Centre Dr Eric Green said: "Using the Navio system allows me to visualise my patient’s x-ray before I even begin to remove bone.

"Robotics-assisted smart instrumentation like Navio allows us to very precisely resurface our patient’s knees for partial knee replacements. This should lead to improved outcomes for my patients."

"The Navio system incorporates easily into existing knee replacement workflows, with no pre-operative CT-scan required."

The system uses an advanced CT-free intra-operative registration, planning and navigation platform to allow the surgeon to build patient-specific surgical plans. The Navio handpiece uses robotic-assistance to help the surgeon prepare the bone according to the plan.

The Navio system incorporates easily into existing knee replacement workflows, with no pre-operative CT-scan required.

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Surgeons can register the patient during the procedure using kinematic reconstruction and anatomic landmarks. The information allows them to plan the implant location and balance the knee’s ligaments for a more natural feeling knee.

The Navio robotic handpiece is tracked in real-time in relation to the intended resurfacing plan during bone preparation and is computer controlled to remove only the bone required to place the implant.

Located in Minnesota, St Cloud Surgical Centre is the first freestanding outpatient surgical centre in the state and the second in the country.