MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Northern Westchester Hospital announced Tuesday that Dr. Victor Khabie, co-chief of orthopedic surgery and director of sports medicine at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, performed the first NAVIO robot-assisted partial knee replacement in New York State at the hospital.
This leading-edge technology incorporates image-guided navigation with the precision of robotics, enabling surgeons to see and treat only the damaged portion of the knee and leaving the healthy bone in place.
A highly accomplished team of surgeons at NWH have been trained to perform this procedure, including Dr. Evan H. Karas, Dr. Victor Khabie, Dr. Eric L. Grossman, Dr. Stuart T. Styles, Dr. David J. Yasgur and Dr. Jeffrey H. Yormak.
Unlike a total knee replacement, this muscle and ligament sparing approach utilizes an incision that is one-third the size, which saves healthy bone, ligaments and tissues. The result is a surgery that is less painful, enables patients to recover faster as compared to a complete knee replacement, and return to a more active lifestyle.
“A partial knee replacement provides a very promising option for patients," said Khabie. "Total knee replacements are incredibly invasive procedures, removing bone, tissue, and severing muscle to create room for the implant. With a partial knee replacement, the incisions are much smaller and much less traumatic for patients. The procedure takes less time, is less painful, and provides patients with a shorter recovery time. Within only a few weeks of surgery, many patients are back to skiing, swimming, golfing, and even playing tennis."
The partial knee implant can provide patients, suffering with advanced pain from arthritis, another 10 or 15 years of an active lifestyle. As time and use wear on, any of the implanted pieces could be replaced, therefore increasing the life of the partial knee replacement.
The hand-held robotics and built-in image guidance navigation provide the surgeons with a level of precision previously unavailable. The Navio surgical system features proprietary robot-assisted technology that integrates handheld intelligent instruments with an intuitive CT-free registration and patient-specific planning process.