Corpus Christi Medical Center
September 09, 2015

Left Photo: Justin Klimisch, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, demonstrating the robotic procedure for a partial knee replacement surgery.

Advanced Technology at Corpus Christi Medical Center (CCMC)-Doctors Regional gives orthopedic surgeons the ability to perform robotically-assisted partial knee replacement surgery with pinpoint accuracy, providing patients with a new alternative. CCMC acquired the Navio™ Surgical System, manufactured by Blue Belt Technology, a highly-sophisticated robotic technology allowing surgeons to customize surgery for each patient.

Partial knee replacement, also called partial knee resurfacing, is a minimally invasive surgery that entails replacing part of the knee with an artificial implant.  During the procedure, the surgeon replaces the damaged joint and rebalances the knee’s alignment. The robotic system digitizes anatomy for the surgeon to create a unique surgical plan that is tailored to the patient’s specific anatomy and ligament balance.

A partial knee replacement is an option for patients whose joint damage or arthritis is limited to one compartment of the knee. It requires a patient to have some healthy cartilage left in the joint and intact ligaments that have not been previously torn and surgically repaired. Up to 30 percent of knee replacement patients are candidates for a partial knee replacement and all are eligible for the robotic surgery option. In addition, the robotic system also saves patients the expense of a CT or MRI scan because the robot manually digitizes the knee during surgery.

Partial Knee Replacement Video

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About Corpus Christi Medical Center
Committed to the care and improvement of human life, Corpus Christi Medical Center has been a growing part of South Texas for the past 50 years. What began as a 26-bed facility in the early 60s has grown into a multi-campus health care system offering a full range of medical services, outstanding clinical care and superior technology. From caring for fragile newborns to complex cardiovascular patients, Corpus Christi Medical Center ensures the community receives the highest quality medical care available. The campuses of Corpus Christi Medical Center are Doctors Regional, Bay Area, The Heart Hospital, Northwest, Bayview Behavioral Hospital, Northwest Behavioral Health Center, Northshore Emergency Center, and Radiation Oncology at Corpus Christi Cancer Center.  For more information about Corpus Christi Medical Center and the local Jason Foundation Resource Center at Bayview Behavioral Hospital, visit