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New Technology Enables Surgeon to Tailor Partial Knee Replacements at Pearland Medical Center

Less pain and swelling post-operatively than traditional total joint replacement methods

Photo: Donna Anderson and Dr. Robert Burke of Pearland Medical Center check on the progress of Anderson's knee replacement, which was accomplished using new technology called the NAVIO Surgical System. The system offers a more precise surgery for the doctor and much shorter recovery time for the patient. Within just a few weeks of surgery, Anderson had regained pain-free full use of her knee.

May 11, 2017 – Pearland, Texas - Donna Anderson’s livelihood depends on her ability to walk and move around effortlessly, but painful arthritis in her right knee meant the food server wasn’t able to work. Luckily, a new technology, from Smith and Nephew, called the NAVIO™ surgical system meant her surgeon, Dr. Robert Burke, at Pearland Medical Center was able to have her walking pain-free in record time.

The NAVIO™ orthopedic surgical system helps surgeons perform precise and accurate partial knee replacement surgeries. This technology for partial knee replacements uses a CT-free intra-operative registration, planning and navigation platform to assist the surgeon in building patient-specific surgical plans. NAVIO robotics assists the surgeon in preparing the bone with the precision of robotics in a freehand sculpting technique.

“Two years ago, I tore the meniscus in my left knee. So I was already dealing with pain,” said Anderson. “Then a year ago, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my right knee. Being on my feet at work became impossible. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t work, I couldn’t play with my dogs, nothing.”

Millions of people suffer from arthritis, which occurs when there is a breakdown in the cushioning cartilage between joints, such as the knee. When this cartilage wears down, bones begin to rub against each other, causing pain, swelling, stiffness and damage to other parts of the joint. A knee replacement, in which surgeons replace the diseased part of the knee, is often the best option. It was for Anderson. “My doctor told me that I had a decision to make – have surgery, or learn to live with the pain. To me, it was no choice at all. I elected to have surgery. “

Dr. Robert Burke, Anderson’s orthopedic surgeon at Pearland Medical Center, used the NAVIO™ program to plan her surgery meticulously. “We start by taking a simple X-ray of the knee,” he explained. “Then I use the NAVIO™ system to tailor the surgery specifically for each patient. Their anatomy is mapped out on the computer using motion sensors, and I determine ahead of time exactly what each patient will need to align and balance their knee perfectly.”

“Potential benefits to the patient are numerous,” said Dr. Burke. “By making partial knee replacements a more accessible option through enabling very precise and predictable results, the patient has available a surgical procedure that is generally associated with smaller incisions, less scaring, a shorter hospital stay or an outpatient procedure in some cases, and quicker recovery when compared with the total knee replacement alternative.”

Patients, including Anderson, are up and walking the same day. “I had no pain at all,” said Anderson, who had the surgery Jan. 30. “The only soreness I had was from the actual surgery, and it was very minor.”

Anderson was happy to return to work and is now chasing after a Catahoula leopard dog her family adopted around the same time.

“I’m so thankful for this technology, which made the surgery much easier not just for me, but for Dr. Burke, too,” she said. “I would recommend the surgery to anybody. And Dr. Burke was great! I trust him completely, and because of him I have a new lease on life!”

“Pearland Medical Center is pleased to have invested in this innovative technology and have Dr. Burke, an excellent surgeon who is fully credentialed to use the NAVIO Surgical System, on our medical team,” said David Wagner, Pearland Medical Center’s chief executive officer. “We are committed to providing our community with the cutting edge technology and high quality physicians.”

About Pearland Medical Center

Pearland Medical Center is a new, patient-centered hospital that expands HCA Gulf Coast Division’s long-standing commitment to providing high-quality healthcare close to home. The hospital features surgical suites, cesarean-section rooms, a general nursery, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, 3D digital mammography, and a 24-hour emergency department. Imaging services include magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, a catheterization lab, echocardiogram testing, and nuclear medicine. In addition, early in 2016 Pearland Medical Center announced its affiliation with The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. This partnership provides women in Pearland convenient access to the highly regarded, specialized services for which The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is renowned. As an HCA-affiliated hospital, Pearland Medical Center joins a network of Houston-area medical centers, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic imaging facilities, off-campus emergency centers and a regional transfer center that provides ground and air transportation to and from any HCA Coast Division-affiliated hospital. For more information, visit our website at www.PearlandMC.com or call 713-770-7000.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities.  It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius.  For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com

About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping healthcare professionals improve people’s lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic, Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma and Extremities, Smith and Nephew has around 15,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2016 were more than 4.6 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN). For more information about Smith & Nephew, please visit our website www.smith-nephew.com, follow @SmithNephewplc on Twitter or visit SmithNephewplc on Facebook.com.

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