CRMC implements CT-free robotic orthopedic surgery

COOKEVILLE– Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has added the NAVIO™ orthopedic surgical system to help surgeons perform even more precise and accurate partial and total knee replacement surgeries. Cookeville Regional is the first in the Upper Cumberland to offer robotic orthopedic surgery. 

This technology uses a CT-free intra-operative registration, planning and navigation platform to assist the surgeon in building patient-specific surgical plans. NAVIO robotics assists the surgeon in preparing the bone with the precision of robotics in a freehand sculpting technique.

“One thing we see in healthcare is the continuous change in technology. This robotic system is top-of-the-line and we are excited to offer the option of robotic assisted surgery to patients in our region,” said Paul Korth, CEO at CRMC. “There are only two NAVIO robots in the state of Tennessee and we have one of those.” 

Dr. Greg Roberts

With no pre-operative CT-scan required, patients receive the benefits of robotic assistance without additional time spent for pre-operative procedures. Instead, the surgeon collects precise information about the patient during the procedure to build a 3D model of the patient’s knee. This patient-specific information helps the surgeon place the implant and balances the knee’s ligaments for optimal alignment and a well-balanced knee. This added level of accuracy from the robot technology can help improve the function, feel and potential longevity of the knee implant. 

“The robot technology is very impressive, we are seeing everything in real time,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Greg Roberts. “Patients receiving total or partial knee replacements will have better alignment and better balance, which aids in the implant lasting longer. Our goal is always to see our knee patients do well and we expect great outcomes with this new technology.” 

To learn more visit or call the Physician Referral Line at 931-783-2571

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