St. George Surgical Center Is the First in Utah to Use NAVIO Robotic-Assisted Surgical System
Sun, April 18, 2021

St. George Surgical Center Is the First in Utah to Use NAVIO Robotic-Assisted Surgical System

The NAVIO system can be used for partial knee replacements and more / Photo Credit: Roman Zaiets (via Shutterstock)


St. George Surgical Center, a physician-owned and operated multispecialty outpatient facility, is Utah’s first ambulatory surgery center to exclusively offer patients the NAVIO robotic-assisted surgical system, as reported by Utah’s local news channel St. George News. The system is the next generation of total knee-replacement surgery, a win-win situation for both professionals and patients alike that helps guarantee great outcomes for knee-replacement patients. St. George Surgical Center CEO and administrator Ty Tippets said the robotic system is big news for Southern Utah. He added, “Healing time is quicker, incisions are smaller — there are a lot of benefits. (NAVIO) is for individuals that want to stay active but whose knees are worn out.”

NAVIO is a cutting edge technology that provides great opportunities for people wondering if knee-replacement surgery is the right decision. For those with inquiries, orthopedic surgeon and total joint specialist Dr. Michael Manning of Novatio explained that the procedure has a level of accuracy that cannot be replicated by a human. In fact, their first patient waited for one year for the NAVIO system to arrive due to its precision. The surgical system uses an advanced computer system and an array of sensors on a servomechanism that collect precise patient measurements. It uses the data to develop an individual surgical plan, possibly eliminating the need for preoperative imaging. The NAVIO system also aids surgeons in determining the exact placement of incisions and implants, enabling them to work according to precise standards.

Manning has been evaluating various computer-assisted systems for the last five years, commending that NAVIO has the “most robust platform.” Once the sensors are applied to the patient, surgeons use a handheld device to create 3D and 2D representations of their femur and tibia, Manning stated. This process allows them to finetune their surgical plan and know exactly where to make cuts. Then, the surgeons use the NAVIO system to prepare the bone to the correct size and position for the implants. NAVIO’s servomechanism retracts when the desired point is reached to prevent more parts of the bone being removed than necessary.

Manning said it can be used for partial knee replacements, kneecap or patella femoral replacements and total knee replacements. In certain cases, NAVIO can preservice the cruciate ligaments.