Kansas City, MO, (May 8, 2018) – St. Joseph Medical Center recently
invested in the NAVIO Surgical System, a cutting-edge platform that provides
robotic assistance in knee replacement surgery. St. Joseph Medical Center
is the first and only facility in Kansas City to have the half a million-dollar
NAVIO Surgical System. Robotic assistance enables surgeons with accuracy
and precision – important factors in determining the long-term success
of the surgery.
“We invested in this technology because we want our patients to have
access to the very best
healthcare available today,” said Dr. Scott Abraham, Orthopedic Surgeon
at St. Joseph Medical Center. “Robotic assistance will only further
enhance our ability to achieve great patient outcomes.”
Jackie Wolf, one of Dr. Abraham’s first Navio partial knee replacement
patients, said “I was walking the very next day and a few days later
without any assistance. It’s truly amazing how fast I recovered.”
She also added, “My physical therapist couldn’t believe my
range of motion only five days after my surgery. I would highly encourage
Navio robotic assisted knee replacement surgery to everyone.” Dr.
Abraham added, “It’s wonderful to see how robotics and I can
work together to improve patient outcomes such as it did in Jackie’s
At St. Joseph Medical Center, Dr. Abraham is particularly focused on using
the NAVIO system to help perform outpatient partial and total knee replacements.
Outpatient surgery is a growing trend in orthopedics that allows patients
to go home in less than 24 hours. Other benefits include lower risk of
infection and lower costs.
With the NAVIO system, patients are not required to undergo a radiation
intensive CT-scan prior to surgery, common with other robotics-assisted
surgical platforms. Instead, the surgeon collects each patient’s
unique bone structure during the procedure using an advanced surgical
probe. This information is used to generate a 3D model of the patient’s
knee, which is used to plan the surgery. To perform the procedure, a robotics-assisted
surgical tool is used to remove just enough space to make room for the
implant, which is replacing the damaged bone in the knee. The NAVIO system
does this within millimeters of the surgeon’s intent. This extra
layer of precision is designed to enable optimal implant placement for
better patient outcomes.
Dr. Abraham added, “The introduction of robotic assistance should
have knee replacement candidates feeling very confident about the future
of knee surgery. Having this technology available right here in our center
is a tremendous asset and should benefit our community for many years
St. Joseph Medical Center and Dr. Abraham are hosting a patient seminar
on Thursday, May 17 at noon or 6pm at St. Joseph’s Community Center
to introduce the State’s first NAVIO robotics-assisted surgery.
program. To register for the event, or to learn more about who may benefit
from a robotics-assisted knee replacement procedure, please call Ericka
Beeler at 816-943-2687.