February 19, 2015
Gainesville, FL – North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) has announced its acquisition of Exactech GPS® Guided Personalized Surgery technology that provides surgeons with real-time visual guidance and alignment data for patients during total knee surgery. Similar to a navigation device in your car, this advanced platform provides a visual map of the patient’s joint on a screen, allowing surgeons to easily make adjustments, use minimally invasive techniques and perform implant alignment relative to the patient’s needs. NFRMC is the only hospital in Florida using the technology.
“Accuracy is key in planning and performing knee replacement surgery for patients,” says Kenneth Overstreet, AVP of Orthopedic Services at North Florida Regional Medical Center. “For a good outcome, surgeons need to align and position the implants as precisely as possible. At North Florida Regional Medical Center, our goal is always to have many tools available to deliver high quality outcomes. This technology from Exactech is the latest addition to the tools that are available at NFRMC, and we are excited about what it means for our patients.”
Orthopaedic surgeons Tristan Altbush, MD, Joseph Gentile, MD and Mark Petty, MD are all trained to use the Exactech GPS® Guided Personalized Surgery technology and have begun using it in total knee replacement surgeries at North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Exactech GPS combines surgeon expertise with an advanced computer system to perform the patient’s knee surgery with a goal of advanced accuracy and precision. Personalized for a patient’s unique bone structure and anatomy, Exactech GPS® allows surgeons to decide where to remove bone and place the knee implant in the optimal position.
“When it comes to knee replacement, accurate placement and alignment of the implant components are critical to the overall longevity and function of the implant,” Overstreet says. “We know from research that the risk of implant failure increases when the implant is outside of alignment by a few degrees. Exactech GPS provides surgeons with a comprehensive view of the knee joint and bone structure, which allows surgeons to make adjustments that ensure accurate and precise placement of the knee implant.”
Combined with Optetrak®, a knee system that has a proven lineage of excellent long-term clinical outcomes, surgeons are able to have the best of both worlds – a proven implant foundation with today’s most modern surgical technologies.
“We are proud to make this innovative technology available to benefit our patients,” says Brian Cook, President & CEO of North Florida Regional Medical Center. “It is part of our continuing commitment to invest in the wellbeing of our community and provide residents with the best possible healthcare.”
Additional information about the technology can be found at www.ExactechGPS.com.
Note to Media: The Exactech GPS Guided Personalized Surgery system will be made available for viewing on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 10:00am to 3:00pm Exacttech representatives will be available during that time. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Petty will be available for interviews at 11:00am, and a recent Exactech patient is also expected to be available for interviews. Please contact the Marketing Department to make arrangements for reserved parking at the hospital’s main entrance.