Robot-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement Surgery Being Performed at Northern Westchester Hospital

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First Precision Knee Surgery Performed with Smaller Incisions, Less Pain, and a Rapid Recovery in New York State at NWH

Northern Westchester Hospital

"Within only a few weeks of surgery, many patients are back to skiing, swimming, golfing, and even playing tennis," stated Dr. Khabie.

Northern Westchester Hospital announced today that Victor Khabie, MD, FAAOS, FACS, Co-Chief of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Sports Medicine at the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, performed the first NAVIO robot-assisted partial knee replacement in New York State at NWH. This leading-edge technology incorporates image-guided navigation with the precision of robotics, enabling surgeons to see and treat only the damaged portion of the knee and leaving the healthy bone in place. A highly accomplished team of surgeons at NWH have been trained to perform this procedure, including Evan H. Karas, MD, FAAOS; Victor Khabie, MD, FAAOS, FACS; Eric L. Grossman, MD, FAAOS; Stuart T. Styles, MD, FAAOS; David J. Yasgur, MD, FAAOS; Jeffrey H. Yormak, MD, FAAOS.

Unlike a total knee replacement, this muscle and ligament sparing approach utilizes an incision that is one-third the size, which saves healthy bone, ligaments and tissues. The result is a surgery that is less painful, enables patients to recover faster as compared to a complete knee replacement, and return to a more active lifestyle.

A partial knee replacement also fills a gap in treatment options for patients with knee pain. When knee pain begins, patients often self-treat with over-the-counter medications. When this no longer works, physical therapy, pain management injections, and even synovial fluid replacement are all used. Unfortunately, when these treatments become ineffective, the only other option available has been a total knee replacement.

“A partial knee replacement provides a very promising option for patients. Total knee replacements are incredibly invasive procedures, removing bone, tissue, and severing muscle to create room for the implant. With a partial knee replacement, the incisions are much smaller and much less traumatic for patients. The procedure takes less time, is less painful, and provides patients with a shorter recovery time. Within only a few weeks of surgery, many patients are back to skiing, swimming, golfing, and even playing tennis,” stated Dr. Khabie.

The partial knee implant can provide patients, suffering with advanced pain from arthritis, another 10 or 15 years of an active lifestyle. As time and use wear on, any of the implanted pieces could be replaced, therefore increasing the life of the partial knee replacement.

The hand-held robotics and built-in image guidance navigation provide the surgeons with a level of precision previously unavailable. The Navio surgical system features proprietary robot-assisted technology that integrates handheld intelligent instruments with an intuitive CT-free registration and patient-specific planning process. The Navio unicondylar and patellofemoral knee replacement software guide the surgeon in creating implant plans that localize components and balance soft-tissue. The technology translates that information into a virtual surgical plan that removes the need for standard mechanical cutting guides and jigs. The handheld instrumentation uses multiple control modes to help the surgeon very precisely prepare the bone for implantation.

Victor Khabie, MD, FAAOS, FACS
Dr. Victor Khabie is Co-Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Director of Sports Medicine, Orthopedic and Spine Institute. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the world-renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, where he served as assistant team physician to professional sports teams including the LA Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Mighty Ducks, LA Sparks, and the USC Trojan football team. He finished his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute in New York; did a rotation in orthopedic trauma at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle; and completed his internship in general surgery at New York University School of Medicine-Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthpaedic Institute, where he is currently an assistant clinical professor of Orthopedic Surgery. A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Khabie is a diplomat of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and earned a subspecialty certificate in orthopedic sports medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons and specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, and knee in athletes.

He created and has patented an innovative patella alignment brace (“Victory Knee Brace”), and he is the author of numerous publications. Dr. Khabie has presented throughout the United States on sports medicine topics and has been featured numerous times in the national media.

About Northern Westchester Hospital
Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, provides quality, patient centered care that is close to home through a unique combination of medical expertise, leading edge technology, and a commitment to humanity. Over 650 highly skilled physicians, state-of-the-art technology and professional staff of caregivers are all in place to ensure that you and your family receive treatment in a caring, respectful and nurturing environment.

NWH has established extensive internal quality measurements that surpass the standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) National Hospital Quality Measures. Our high quality standards help to ensure that the treatment you receive at NWH is among the best in the nation. For more information, please visit and connect with us on Facebook.

Mark Vincent
Northern Westchester Hospital

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