ABSTRACT: ObjectiveTo investigate a new navigation system integrated with a robotic arm for total knee replacement (TKR) procedures.
Materials and MethodsThe study here reported attempts providing the surgeon with a robotic assistant handling the surgical tools with superior
stability removing tremors. The system is equipped with an optical localization system, which allows the real-time monitoring
of the position and orientation of the surgical tools carried by the robot end-effector and provides a feedback control to
optimize the reaching of the goal position.
ResultsPilot experiments, performed aligning the femoral cutting mask to the surgical position, together with the feasibility of
the system, proved its accuracy and reliability.
ConclusionThis paper shows the feasibility of a robotic system for TKR, integrated with a navigation system, in order to overcome limitations
of both approaches.
International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery 10/2008; 3(5):413-419. · 1.48 Impact Factor