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Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2011 Aug;40(8):419-26.

Applying computer-assisted navigation techniques to total hip and knee arthroplasty.

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University of California-Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, USA.


Appropriate implant alignment is a major goal of total joint arthroplasty. Obtaining appropriate alignment typically involves making intraoperative decisions in response to visual and tactile feedback. Integrated computer-based systems provide the option of continuous real-time feedback and offer the potential to decrease intraoperative errors while enhancing the surgical learning experience. Computer-assisted orthopedic surgery helps the surgeon perform both intraoperative and postoperative technical audits of implant alignment. Improving implant alignment can be correlated with improved long-term clinical outcomes. However, despite emerging data, many surgeons remain wary of computer-assisted orthopedic surgery.

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