Computer-assisted surgery is ideal for situations when the surgeon can not use standard surgical instruments to operate on the knee.
This is often the case with patients who have had previous surgeries and still have leftover hardware or those who have previous trauma that has changed the anatomy of the bones on each side of the knee.
Duke Orthopaedics offers computer-assisted surgery for:
Our doctors also use this procedure during minimally invasive knee surgery.
Computer-assisted surgery uses GPS-like technology to guide the placement of surgical instruments and prostheses.
This technology allows the surgeon to perform a bone resection and restore a leg deformity while seeing real-time and accurate data on a computer screen in the operating room.
This approach to surgery enables idealized precision and accuracy for surgical cuts and prosthesis placement that may allow the joint to function better for a longer period of time.
Some studies have also suggested that computer-assisted surgery can lower blood loss and diminish the number of embolic occurrences. This may give the procedure a better safety profile for the patient.
It remains clear, however, that the standard technique is most beneficial for a majority of patients.
Duke Orthopaedics is one of the few places in the country performing advanced, computer-assisted hip and knee replacement procedures at a high volume.
Surgeons at Duke Total Joint Center -- including Michael Bolognesi, MD, and Samuel Wellman, MD -- have used computer-assisted surgery since 2004, so they have the experience and skill necessary to offer this technology in an expert fashion.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to make an appointment with a Duke orthopaedic provider in Durham, Raleigh, and Cary, North Carolina.
Physicians offering this service include: