McLaren Oakland Offers Robotic Assistance Technology for Knee Replacements


McLaren Oakland, a Pontiac-based, 328-bed specialty care hospital, is the first facility in southeast Michigan to offer the Navio Surgical System, a technology that utilizes robotic assistance and surgical instruments for partial knee replacements.

According to hospital officials, partial knee replacements can afford patients smaller incisions, less pain, quicker rehabilitation and recovery, and lower chance of complications. However, the procedure can be inconsistent and lead to misalignments.

The Navio system allows surgeons to X-ray the knee and use advanced robotics to build a 3-D image during operation. The partial knee replacement can then be performed using a handheld robotic instrument with computer assistance.

“With this new technology, our team of certified orthopedic surgeons will be able to preserve much of the original knee and, utilizing robotic guidance, eliminate inconsistencies to lead to those better, lasting outcomes,” says Chad Grant, president and CEO of McLaren Oakland.

He says the technology can help decrease the risk of complications in patients and lead to a quicker recovery.

With a network of more than 300 physicians, McLaren Oakland, founded in 1953, owns a network of employed physician offices throughout Oakland County and a nursing home in Lake Orion. The hospital is part of the Flint-based McLaren Health Care Corp. system, which includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, and more.