St. Charles Hospital first in Northeast to perform computer-assisted OrthoPilot total hip replacement surgery

New York 23 August 2005Surgeons at St. Charles Hospital are the first in the Northeast to conduct computer-assisted total hip replacement surgery through the OrthoPilot Navigation System. The surgery was performed on a seventy-three year old woman on June 16, 2005.


Neil J. Kurtz, M.D., director, department of orthopaedic surgery, stated: "St. Charles Hospital remains unique in the northeast and across the nation in deploying three different navigation platforms for total hip and total knee replacement surgery. The direct benefit to patients in using the OrthoPilot Navigation System is the potential for the more accurate implant placement, enhancing longevity and function."

The OrthoPilot Navigation System from Aesculap creates an anatomic depiction of the hip in real time, ensuring precise implant alignment and reducing the need for pre-operative CT or MRI scans. It is used in conjunction with the Excia Hip System, a hip implant designed for computer-assisted surgery. This integration of navigation with implant enhances patient safety and favourable outcomes post-surgery.

"The unique design of Excia, combined with the exact implant positioning advantages provided by the navigation system, will significantly reduce the risk of dislocation", stated Michael J. Fracchia, M.D., St. Charles orthopaedist. "With this navigation system, surgeons can also determine ideal cup and stem position and orientation for optimum joint stability and range of motion."

"This hip system was designed by orthopaedic surgeons to optimize implant design, surgical technique and surface coating and increases the range of hip motion by up to 15 percent greater than found in many of the other hip designs currently available", continued Dr. Fracchia. "For patients, this means increased longevity of the new hip and a return to a more active lifestyle."

Each year, more than 400.000 hip surgeries are performed in the United States on people suffering from severe arthritic conditions. The navigation system has been demonstrated to improve implant alignment by 300 percent over manual techniques. Improper alignment can result in increased leg-length discrepancies, wear and tear on the implant, decreased mobility of the joint and a greater risk of dislocation, which increase the potential for a revision surgery.

"At St. Charles Hospital we're constantly looking for ways to better serve our patients", stated Executive Director Jim O'Connor. "This new system will offer yet another important option for both our patients and physicians."

St. Charles Hospital is a 289-bed, not-for-profit hospital located in Port Jefferson, New York. The hospital's Centers of Excellence include orthopaedics, obstetrics and rehabilitation. In addition to these core areas, St. Charles offers services in paediatrics, including Long Island's only paediatric inpatient traumatic brain injury programme, neonatology, radiology, palliative care, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, diabetes, community re-entry, general medical and surgical, as well as a Diagnostic and Treatment Center with twelve speciality clinics for children and adults with disabilities. St. Charles Hospital is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

Leslie Versweyveld

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