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North Valley Surgery Center Introduces Partial and Total Knee Arthroplasty with the NAVIO Robotic Surgical Systemô

Scottsdale, AZ, February 27, 2019 --( North Valley Surgery Center announced the addition of the NAVIO™ orthopedic surgical system to help surgeons perform precise and accurate partial and total knee replacement surgeries. This technology uses a CT-free intraoperative 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.

"The NAVIO system provided me with robotic assistance for precise and efficient implant placement,” said Dr. Kaper. “With better surgical technique, the goal is to improve the outcomes and extend the longevity of knee replacement implants."

The NAVIO system does not require a pre-operative CT-scan. Instead, the surgeon collects patient-specific data during the procedure to build a 3D model of the patient’s knee. This is used to plan the surgery. To perform the procedure, a handheld robotics-assisted tool (the NAVIO handpiece) is used to position NAVIO-specific cut guides exactly as intended, based on the patient-specific data previously collected. This extra layer of precision and accuracy is designed to enable optimal implant placement for better patient outcomes.

Dr. Kaper added, “The introduction of robotic assistance at North Valley Surgery Center should have knee replacement candidates feeling very confident about the future of knee surgery. I believe this technology has great promise and will eventually be used in many orthopedic surgical procedures.”

North Valley Surgery Center is one of the largest and most technologically advanced ambulatory surgery centers in Arizona with specially trained surgeons and clinicians dedicated to minimally invasive surgical techniques.

In 2018, North Valley Surgery Center performed a total of 127 same day joint replacement procedures which included Total Knee Arthroplasty, UNI Knee Arthroplasty, muscle sparing Anterior Hip Arthroplasty, Total Shoulder and Total Elbow Arthroplasty. North Valley is committed to providing exceptional patient care and has invested in state-of-the-art equipment and technology to drive extraordinary outcomes for the patients they serve. North Valley’s care philosophy is driving referrals and growth and they expect to complete 250 Joint Replacement procedures in 2019.

A recent patient of North Valley praised the center by saying, “I came to the facility at 5:30 in the morning and left at 9:40 AM with my new NAVIO Knee, the experience was exceptional! I can’t say enough nice things about the surgeon, nurses, staff, efficiency and processes. My knee feels amazing, I was walking with their Physical Therapist 1 hour after surgery with no pain! I have not taken any narcotic pain medications, I don’t need them. Thank you North Valley!" -David A.

To learn more about who may benefit from Joint Replacement surgery, contact: Andrea Lessner, BSN, RN, CNOR - RN Total Joint Coordinator, Surgical Services

About North Valley Surgery Center:
North Valley Surgery Center is Arizona’s largest and most technologically outpatient surgery center performing nearly 12,000 procedures per year.

The surgery center has seven operating rooms, four GI procedure rooms and a pain management procedure room. Approximately 70 physicians and more than 100 anesthesiologists and affiliated health professionals provide care at the facility. Over 75 full-time employees staff the center. For more information, visit

North Valley Surgery Center is a partnership between physicians, Sovereign Healthcare and HonorHealth. Sovereign Healthcare, based in Mission Viejo, Calif., manages the center.

About Sovereign Healthcare:
Sovereign Healthcare is a leading operator of ambulatory surgery centers in the Southwest U.S., with a focus on Southern California and Arizona. Sovereign partners with physicians, hospitals and health systems and provides hands-on management and strategic leadership. In addition, Sovereign is involved in the management of large physician specialist practices and leads alignment initiatives for those physicians with hospitals and health systems, including service-line co-management programs among others. Sovereign’s ability to provide senior-level executive management, strategic guidance and hands-on involvement has resulted in market-leading performance for its affiliated surgery centers and physicians’ groups. For more information, visit
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