Computerized navigation: A useful tool in total knee replacement.
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionJBJS Essential Surgical Techniques. 2020, 10 (2), e0022. 10.2106/JBJS.ST.19.00022
Background: The purpose of computer assistance in a total knee replacement is to achieve optimal alignment, size, and positioning of the implant. The method is safe and accurate and may be particularly useful in cases with abnormal anatomy. Description: The classical computer-assisted system for total knee replacement was developed with real-time surgical navigation using infrared optical tracking arrays. The tracking arrays are attached to the tibial and femoral shafts, as well as to surgical tools, allowing the surgeon to move the tools relative to the knee. The computer-assisted systems allow the surgeon to combine the “measured resection” and “gap balancing” techniques.