Pasadena Hospital first in California to offer patients computer-assisted surgery

Montréal 01 March 2005Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, is the first California hospital to purchase ORTHOsoft's Navitrack Navigation System. With this addition, Computer-Assisted Surgery (CAS) is now available to patients in Southern California seeking the most advanced and affordable technology in orthopaedic knee and hip replacement surgery. Huntington Memorial Hospital has the area's highest level of experience in the field of joint replacement. Each year, its orthopaedic surgeons carry out hundreds of knee and hip replacement procedures, and its expertise helps ensure good outcomes for patients.

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With the addition of the Navitrack Navigation System, Huntington Memorial Hospital will further advance patient care. CAS aids, enhances and facilitates the much sought-after minimally invasive surgery (MIS) because it acts as an extension of the surgeon's eyes and hands. The Navitrack Navigation System helps surgeons operate more effectively through a smaller incision.

Surgeons at Huntington Memorial Hospital who use Navitrack CAS applications will have access to real-time data that allows for greater precision when positioning hip and knee implants. For some patients, surgery with an ORTHOsoft system can lead to less tissue damage during surgery and smaller scars. The result is potentially quicker recovery, less pain, and the restoration of quality of life.

Navitrack CAS solutions combine industry-leading technology with a surgeon's skill, simplifying the surgical procedure while helping to improve the outcome of knee and hip replacements. Successfully in use since 1995, ORTHOsoft's Navitrack systems continue to advance the way surgeons perform total joint replacement surgery, and the company's new Sesamoid system represents one of the most significant advancements in the field.

"In the next five years, all hip and knee replacement surgeries will be done with computers. This puts Huntington Memorial Hospital at the forefront", commented Dr. Paul K. Gilbert, M.D., of Huntington Memorial Hospital. "CAS brings new and improved options to patients who are considering joint replacement surgery", reported Dr. Gilbert. "The Navitrack Navigation System enables greater accuracy, resulting in more successful surgeries, increased longevity of prosthetic devices and increased levels of safety for patients."

Huntington Memorial Hospital's orthopaedics department includes expert staff, state-of-the-art facilities, and advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques; it offers patients the most comprehensive orthopedic care available in the San Gabriel Valley. The hospital's commitment to providing individual attention and ensuring patient satisfaction is heightened by its addition of CAS with the Navitrack Navigation System.

ORTHOsoft Holdings Inc., based in Montréal, Canada, designs and develops multi-platform surgical navigation systems (Navitrack) for the growing Computer-Assisted Orthopedic Surgery (CAOS) market. ORTHOsoft's knee, hip and spine applications, which are intuitive and easy to use because they follow traditional surgical flow, provide surgeons with real-time data that improve both surgical process and patient outcomes. To date, Navitrack has supported more than 16.000 surgical procedures in Europe and North America. More company news is available in the VMW February 2005 article Tampa-area now home to ORTHOsoft's latest Navitrack joint replacement technology.


Leslie Versweyveld

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