Michael Amini, MD performs first robotically-assisted/Navio Total Knee Replacement surgery in Tucson and Southern Arizona
Michael Amini, MD became the first surgeon to perform a robotically-assisted/Navio Total Knee Replacement in Southern, AZ. In fact, the surgeons at Southwest Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists partnered with St Mary’s Hospital and Smith & Nephew, the manufacturer of the robot, to bring the robotic technology for Total Knee Replacements to Tucson ahead of the public release date when it becomes available to other hospitals and surgeons. Currently there are only 22 hospitals worldwide that have the capability to perform a robotically-assisted Total Knee Replacement using the Navio robot. This continues the tradition at Southwest Orthopaedics of bringing the best technology, treatments, and care to patients in Southern, AZ. In 2016, Ario Kiarash, MD became the first surgeon in Southern, AZ to perform a robotically-assisted Total Hip Replacement, and Southwest Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists have been performing robotically-assisted Partial Knee Replacements since the technology first became available several years ago.
Osteoarthritis affects more than 30 million people in the United States, and Total Knee Replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacements, with over 600,000 performed each year in the United States. Many studies show that joint replacements, particularly knee replacements, are more likely to function more normally and last longer if they are placed in the correct position. Unfortunately, knee replacements are placed in the ideal position only 25-80% of the time, which shows that there is room for error and a lot of variability from one person’s knee replacement to the next.
A robotically-assisted knee replacement improves the accuracy when placing the knee replacement and allows the surgeon greater precision when trying to recreate more normal function in that knee replacement. The surgeon still performs the same surgery and uses the same implants as in any other knee replacement, only with more accuracy. This improves the ability to place implants accurately and reproduce a consistent outcome time after time.
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