Innovative computer-assisted surgery technology for total joint replacement surgery now available in Arizona

San Diego 12 July 2006Dr. Gary Purcell is the first orthopaedic surgeon and Chandler Regional Hospital is the first health care facility in Arizona to utilize PLUS Orthopedics USA Inc.'s PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Robotic Surgery system. With the adoption of this innovative technology, residents of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area are now able to have access to this advanced computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery technology for total knee replacement surgery.


The PiGalileo Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery System from PLUS Orthopedics combines advanced computer-assisted surgery and mechanized 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 mechanized technologies aiding the surgeon in instrument positioning. Surgeons like Dr. Purcell at Chandler Regional Hospital 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 and superior results.

"Numerous studies published in the orthopaedic literature have overwhelmingly shown the clinical benefits of computer-assisted surgery technology for total joint replacement procedures, and I believe that in the near future this will be considered the standard of care", stated Dr. Gary Purcell, orthopaedic surgeon at Chandler Regional Hospital. "The PiGalileo system improves surgical accuracy and therefore improves surgical outcomes, and I am thrilled to be the first orthopaedic surgeon in Arizona 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 implant failure which would require additional surgery.

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, 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 company news 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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