Image-Guided Surgery 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is pleased to offer Stryker Navigation image-guided surgery for orthopedic procedures on the hip and knee. Image-guided surgery, also known as computer-assisted surgery, allows your operating physician to make the slightest adjustments during procedures, such as a knee replacement, that may help establish a more precise placement of the joint and help improve the results of your surgery.

What are some of the reasons orthopedic surgeons choose computer-assisted technology?

  • Provides your surgeon with comprehensive data about your anatomy which may result in more exact placement of your joint replacement
  • Allows the surgeon to more accurately plan for your surgery with a partial 3-dimensional model of your hip or knee
  • Allows for better visualization of anatomy, which is particularly important when minimally-invasive techniques are used

Benefits of Computer-Assisted Surgery
There are several potential benefits for those that have computer-assisted surgery with their total joint replacement:

  • Designed to help your surgeon place joint replacement implants with precision, which may increase the life of your replacement
  • Reduces the risk of dislocation and revision surgery
  • Results in greater stability and range of motion
  • Helps improve the overall function of your joint replacement

Computer-assisted surgery may allow for less-invasive surgical techniques, which have several other potential advantages, including reduced blood loss during surgery, which lessens the need for a blood transfusion.

What Happens During Surgery?
Stryker Navigation technology uses special tracking devices, providing your surgeon a comprehensive understanding of your joint mechanics in the operating room (OR). Armed with this information, your surgeon can make adjustments within a fraction of a degree, helping to ensure your new joint has the stability and range of motion needed for a successful replacement.

As the surgeon moves an instrument within your joint, special infrared trackers calculate its position and wireless instruments transfer the data to a computer in the OR. This information is then displayed on a monitor as an interactive model of the anatomy or “blueprint” that supplies the surgeon with all the angles, lines and measurements of your unique anatomy. The surgeon will then replace the diseased bone with new, artificial joint components often called prostheses or implants.

What are the Potential Risks?
The risk factors associated with any surgery or conventional total joint replacement remain. In addition, surgery time may be extended. Talk to your doctor about the types of joint surgery appropriate for you and the risks associated with any surgery.

You Don’t Have to Live with Severe Joint Pain
You don’t have to live in pain and the limitations it can create in your life. If you haven’t experienced adequate relief with medication and other conservative treatments, surgery may be an option for you. Talk to your doctor about your condition and available treatment options. For a referral to a physician, please call 800-681-2733.