NorthCrest Offers Orthopaedic Navigation Surgery

SPRINGFILED, Tenn. (June 20, 2007) – NorthCrest Medical Center announces the purchase of the Stryker Navigation System for total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries.

This system offers a technology option that may help facilitate accurate implant alignment, proper ligament balancing and accurate positioning of the implant which are the most important prerequisites for the artificial knee and hip joint stability, durability and sufficient range of motion.

“Navigated total knee or total hip replacement is an extremely successful way to treat qualifying patients with severe knee pain or hip pain,” said Dr. Mark Cutright, with NorthCrest Orthopaedics. “The new surgical navigation technology that we have in place greatly enhances our ability to restore range of motion, overall function and return patients to normal activity.”

The Stryker Navigation system uses an infrared camera and instruments along with unique tracking software to continually monitor the position, angle and alignment of the implant components in relation to the patient’s anatomy. Smart Active wireless instruments send data pertaining to the kinematics (movement) to the computer.

The computer analyzes and displays data on a computer monitor in the form of charts and graphs that supply the surgeon with the angles, lines, and measurements needed to accurately align the prosthetic knee or hip with the patient.

“It’s like having a GPS System in the operating room,” said Dr. George Dahir with NorthCrest Orthopaedics. ‘With it, we have the opportunity to give a patient a new knee or hip that has increased strength, stability, and range of motion, even in difficult anatomic situations.’

One benefit of the Stryker Navigation system is that it eliminates the need for pre-operative X-rays or CT scans. Experience shows that the system may lead to possible shorter hospital stays, fewer post-operative complications, and improved joint stability.

The Stryker Navigation system will be used in total knee arthoplasty (TKA) and total hip arthoplasty (THA) surgeries performed at NorthCrest Medical Center. These procedures are usually recommended for patients with severe knee or hip pain and disability caused by damage to cartilage from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or trauma.

To learn more about who may benefit from a Stryker Navigation procedure, call Drs. Cutright and Dahir with NorthCrest Orthopaedics at 615/382-5204.