American surgeon Introduces PLUS Orthopedic's innovative robotic computer-assisted surgery technology in Australia

San Diego 09 June 2006Dr. Jan Koenig of Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre, New York has performed the first ever demonstration in an Australian hospital of PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc.'s PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery system. With the adoption of this innovative technology, the St. George Hospital campus is now the first facility in all of Australia to be able to provide patients this advanced Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery technology for total knee replacement surgery.


Dr. Jan Koenig is the Director of Orthopaedics at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, and is also the Chairman and Founder of the Mercy Medical Center Joint Endeavour Programme for a Rapid Recovery Programme, which was recently ranked number one in the entire state of New York for Orthopaedics by HealthGrades. He is also President and Co-Founder of Orthopaedic Excellence of Long Island, a multi-speciality orthopaedic group practice whose mission in utilizing the "Team Approach" is to always strive for excellence in the care of the orthopaedic patient. As one of four surgeons on the PLUS Orthopaedics Primary User Group for PiGalileo, Dr. Koenig has been a pioneer in the area of robotic computer-assisted surgery for total knee replacement in the United States.

"The improved surgical accuracy provided by computer-assisted surgery has been well documented in the scientific literature, and I'm honoured to be able to introduce this cutting-edge technology to the Australian medical community", stated Dr. Koenig. "There is no doubt that the PiGalileo system will improve surgical accuracy and therefore improve surgical outcomes for those patients in Australia who are undergoing total joint replacement surgery, where patients and surgeons alike can expect more consistent, superior results."

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 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.

Medical literature has shown that a common cause of joint implant failure is implant misalignment, with a misalignment of only 3 degrees being strongly correlated to excessive wear on the joint and implant failure over time. Computer-Assisted Orthopedic 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 80 PiGalileo systems installed throughout the world, which have supported more than 10.000 surgical procedures. 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, 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 news on the PiGalileo technology is available in the VMW January 2006 article Dr. Roman Schwartsman to offer patients the PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Surgery system.

Leslie Versweyveld

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