The Austin Diagnostic Clinic becomes first in Texas to offer patients innovative computer-assisted surgery technology

San Diego 27 July 2005The Austin Diagnostic Clinic is the first health care facility in the southern United States to utilize PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc.'s PiGalileo computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery system. With the adoption of this innovative technology, the Austin Diagnostic Clinic is now the first facility in Texas and in the entire southern United States to be able to provide patients this advanced computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery technology for total knee replacement surgery.

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The PiGalileo computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery system from PLUS Orthopedics combines advanced computer-assisted surgery and electro-mechanical motorized instrument positioning technologies to assist the surgeon in total knee replacement procedures. Surgeries done with PiGalileo are still performed by a surgeon, with navigation and mechanized technologies aiding the surgeon in instrument positioning. Surgeons at the Austin Diagnostic Clinic who use the PiGalileo technology will be provided critical real-time intra-operative feedback to help improve precision, thereby potentially leading to better implant alignment and positioning.

"The clinical benefits of computer-assisted surgery have been well documented in peer-reviewed literature, and I believe that in the future this will be considered the standard of care for total knee replacement surgery", stated Dr. Tyler Goldberg, orthopaedic surgeon at the Austin Diagnostic Clinic. "The PiGalileo system will definitely improve surgical accuracy and therefore improve surgical outcomes, and I am thrilled to be the first orthopaedic surgeon in Texas to be able to offer this cutting-edge technology to my patients."

Medical literature has shown that a common cause of joint implant failure is implant misalignment, with a misalignment of only three degrees being strongly correlated to excessive wear on the joint and implant failure over time. Computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery with the PiGalileo system aims to position the knee implants optimally for the patient, thereby reducing the potential for misalignment and future complications.

Since its international release in 1999, there are over 70 PiGalileo systems installed throughout the world, which have supported more than 10.000 surgical procedures. With this most recent installation, there are now 5 facilities in the United States where this technology is available, including Mercy Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho with Dr. Gary Botimer; Arroyo Grande Hospital in Arroyo Grande, California with Dr. Tom Ferro; Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York with Dr. Jan Koenig, Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, Maryland with Dr. Jeffrey Sabloff; and the Austin Diagnostic Clinic in Austin, Texas with Dr. Tyler Goldberg.

PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of PLUS Orthopedics Holding AG, a manufacturer of implant systems for the hip, knee and shoulder joints, as well as products for the treatment of orthopaedic trauma, since 1997. PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc., headquartered in San Diego, California, is now bringing these products to patients across the United States with a commitment to offering our customers high quality products and services with proven results. More company news can be found in the VMW March 2005 article PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc. announces availability of computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery technology.


Leslie Versweyveld

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