Computer-navigated surgery is not robotic surgery. It's a technique that uses GPS technology, similar to what you have in your car, and 3D computer images to help your surgeon move the instruments with more precision.
While some hospitals perform computer-navigated surgery, and still others perform minimally invasive surgery, EvergreenHealth Medical Center is among the few to combine both technologies.
This provides you with both the precise alignment of computer-navigated surgery and the comfort and easier recovery of minimally invasive surgery.
The advantages of computer-navigated surgery
With computer-navigated joint replacement, surgeons use a 3D computer imaging system that allows them to see the unique anatomy and mechanics of your joint.
That enables them to make precise surgical cuts and review alignment and range of motion with the implant in place before you leave the operating room.
The result is a more precise alignment of your implant, which means your new joint will last longer.
Computer-navigated spine surgery
The new spine navigation technology system uses scans of your anatomy and a navigation camera in the operating room to show the exact positioning of the surgical instruments within the spine.
This means greater precision, greater safety and better results, because with spine surgery, even a couple millimeters off can impact your outcome.