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Published:  June 19, 2009

St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital Physician Performs First Total Knee Arthroplasty in Fort Bend County Using New Navigation System

Sugar Land, Texas – Another first is being provided for Fort Bend County residents by St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital and Dr. Eric Berkman, orthopedic surgeon on staff at the hospital.  Dr. Berkman performed a total knee arthroplasty using the Stryker® precisioN Knee Navigation System.   Performing a total knee replacement with the use of the Navigation System is designed to improve the surgical performance and clinical outcome of knee replacement surgery, by allowing the physician to completely plan and see the final implant position before any cuts are made.  This ensures the “best fit” for implant alignment, while minimizing the bone cuts necessary.  This also allows possible shorter hospital stays, decreased morbidity and blood loss, and decreased rehabilitation time.  The procedure also eliminates the need for an intramedullary rod in the femoral canal, which also may decrease morbidity and blood loss.

The Stryker precisioN Knee Navigation System is a PC-based, imageless guidance system that utilizes various anatomical landmarks to create a virtual 3D image of the patient intra-operatively.  Patient trackers ad tool trackers communicate with the system from the sterile field to digitize specific landmarks.  The surgeon is then guided through the procedure using the virtual 3D image to determine the appropriate cuts for optimal alignment.

“This is one of the best and highest quality technical advances in recent times,” said Dr. Berkman.  “To have knee replacement be this specific is just extraordinary”.  Dr. Berkman completed a fully accredited orthopedic surgery residency at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

For more information regarding this new technology, please contact Dr. Berkman’s office at 713-333-9333.

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