Dr. Roman Schwartsman to offer patients the PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Surgery system

San Diego 07 December 2005Dr. Roman Schwartsman at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho is now performing total knee replacement surgery utilizing the PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery system, developed by PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc., a distributor of total joint replacement systems and innovative Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery technology. With the adoption of this innovative technology, this advanced Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery technology for total knee replacement surgery is now available to patients in Boise, Idaho.

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The PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery System from PLUS Orthopedics combines advanced Computer-Assisted Surgery and robotic 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 mini-robotic technologies aiding the surgeon in instrument positioning. Surgeons who use the PiGalileo technology are provided critical real-time intra-operative feedback to help improve precision, thereby potentially leading to better implant alignment and positioning.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to offer this cutting-edge technology to my patients", stated Dr. Schwartsman. "Computer-Assisted Surgery technology has been shown to improve the accuracy and precision of knee replacement surgeries so that my patients can expect more consistent, longer-lasting results."

Medical literature has shown that a common cause of artificial knee joint failure is implant misalignment, with a misalignment of only three degrees being strongly correlated to excessive wear on the joint and premature implant failure. 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 early failures.

Since its international release in 1999, there are over 80 PiGalileo systems installed throughout the world, which have supported more than 10.000 surgical procedures. This technology is now available to patients throughout the United States at more than 10 locations, including Mercy Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho - Dr. Gary Botimer; Arroyo Grande Hospital in Arroyo Grande, California - Dr. Thomas Ferro; Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York - Dr. Jan Koenig; The Austin Diagnostic Clinic in Austin, Texas - Dr. Tyler Goldberg; and many others.

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 its customers high quality products and services with proven results. More news on PiGalileo is available in the VMW October 2005 article Primary-User Group established to advance PiGalileo computer-assisted surgery technology.


Leslie Versweyveld

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