St. Joseph Medical Center’s Robotics-assisted Surgery Gives Phenomenal Results
KANSAS CITY, JUNE 12, 2020
- After traveling to all 50 states and five continents, Vickie Knight, 67,
of Olathe, Ks. wasn’t the type to let her knees slow her down now.
Although her left knee had become progressively deformed due to removed
cartilage in 1971, she kept going. But when degenerative arthritis set
into her right knee and deformed it, too, she knew it was time to look
at knee replacement options.
“When I tore my cartilage in the ‘70s, the only recourse was
to have it removed,” Vickie says. “But during the decades
since, not only was the knee bone-on-bone, but bone began grinding away
bone. My right knee had also become bone-on-bone due to age and arthritis.
Both were deformed and getting worse.”
Although Vickie’s pain level wasn’t severe, she wasn’t
going to wait around until it was.
“I became convinced that waiting for pain was no longer the right
path for me, so I made an appointment with Dr. Scott Abraham, an orthopedic
surgeon at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City. He agreed that the
deformity in both knees was severe enough to warrant knee replacement.
He asked if I would consider doing both knees at the same time because
physical therapy would be more difficult if one knee was still deformed.
I was glad to accept his recommendation to do both at once.”
That was three months ago, and Vickie couldn’t be more pleased with
the results and with her experience using robotics-assisted knee replacement.
Through an advanced computer program, the NAVIO™ system utilized
at St. Joseph Medical Center provides robotic assistance that relays precise
information about a patient’s knee to a robotics-assisted handpiece
used by surgeons during the procedure. By collecting patient-specific
data, boundaries are established for the handpiece, providing greater
accuracy in removing damaged surfaces of the knee, balancing the joint,
and positioning the implant with greater accuracy.
Dr. Abraham, along with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael McCabe, are the
specialist team certified in the Navio robotics technology at the hospital.
“We still perform the surgery but with precision accuracy,”
says Dr. Abraham. “We’re seeing patients recover more quickly,
with less risk, better feel and function and potential increased longevity
of the knee replacement. That’s great news on every front.”
Vickie calls her recovery “phenomenal.”
“It definitely exceeded my expectations,” she adds. “After
only three months I have minimal pain and have resumed most of my normal
activities. I feel great. I enjoy my work, my life and my family.”
Vickie says she received “exceptional care through every step”
of her process. “My surgeon and physical therapist are knowledgeable,
diligent and encouraging. Each person I encountered at St. Joseph’s—from
pre-admission, pre-op appointments, admission, post-op and recovery, nurses
and assistants, physical therapist—all demonstrated compassion and
competency in helping me.”
Together with her husband of 48 years, Vickie is eager to enjoy their three
adult children and seven grandchildren as well as her work as an administrative
assistant. Mostly, she looks forward to walking the aisle with no deformity
at two of her grandchildren’s’ upcoming weddings.
“I’m delighted that I will be able to walk down the aisle with
my new, straight, healthy knees,” she says. “I highly recommend
this procedure to others, and I say to anyone who’s hesitant, ‘Don’t
wait. Don’t be afraid of the pain. The results are well worth it.’”
Dr. Abraham is hosting a free Navio Knee Replacement webinar allowing you
to learn about robotic-assisted knee replacement. To register for a webinar