Community Education Program on Treatment of Knee Pain With CT-Free Robotics-Assisted Orthopedic Surgery

June 8, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.: Saint Peter’s University Hospital is offering a free seminar on CT-free robotics-assisted orthopedic surgery with the NAVIO Surgical System, which offers increased precision, less post-operative pain and swelling than traditional joint replacement methods.

David A. Harwood, MD, orthopedic surgeon, will present the program on Thurs., June 21, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, 254 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. For more information or to register, visit

The NAVIO orthopedic surgical system helps surgeons perform precise and accurate partial and total knee replacement surgeries using the JOURNEY™ UNI knee from global medical device maker Smith & Nephew. This technology for partial and total knee replacements uses a CT-free intra-operative registration, planning and navigation platform to assist the surgeon in building patient-specific surgical plans. NAVIO assists the surgeon in preparing the bone with the precision of robotics in a freehand sculpting technique.

The NAVIO hand piece is a freehand surgical instrument with integrated computer control. Virtual navigation shows the progress in real time during surgery.

With no pre-operative CT-scan required, NAVIO patients receive the benefits of robotic assistance without additional time spent for pre-operative procedures. Instead, the surgeon collects anatomical data during the procedure to build a 3D model of the patient’s knee. This information helps the surgeon place the implant and balance the knee’s ligaments for optimal alignment and a well-balanced knee.

Knee replacement is used to treat osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that affects approximately 27 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage breaks down between joints, such as the knee. To learn more about who may benefit from a NAVIO knee surgical procedure, contact the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at 732-565-5417.

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