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New Journey XR II Total Knee Replacement Implant

Bozeman, MT – Bridger Orthopedic has announced the addition of the highly anticipated, JOURNEY™ II XR Total Knee implant to its orthopedic offerings that use the CT-free, NAVIO™ Surgical System.  

Unlike traditional total knee implants, the JOURNEY II XR Total Knee Implant uses a specially designed U-shaped tibial base plate that allows a patient’s healthy anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) to remain in place after surgery. These ligaments help provide natural stability and support to your knee and are often removed to accommodate the base plates used in other total knee implants. The JOURNEY II XR implant also features an anatomically shaped femoral component and two plastic inserts, designed to work together to reproduce the original internal shapes and forces of the natural knee as it goes through its full range of motion. Lastly, this advanced implant also features the proprietary VERILAST™ Technology, a unique combination of materials designed to reduce implant wear.

Along with the advances offered by the implant itself, Dr. Martin Gelbke at Bridger Orthopedic will  perform the JOURNEY II XR surgery using the NAVIO Surgical System.

Using the NAVIO surgical system, the surgeon collects and registers patient-specific anatomic data which the system uses to create a real-time, digital, 3D model of the patient’s knee. This layer of planning is designed to enable accurate implant placement and ligament balancing to achieve optimal patient outcomes. The NAVIO system does not require a pre-operative CT-scan, meaning patients are not exposed to the potentially harmful radiation experienced with this type of imaging.  

NOTE: Not all patients are candidates for the JOURNEY II XR implant. The JOURNEY II XR implant is indicated for use in total knee replacement patients where the cruciate ligaments and the collateral ligaments remain intact.

Discuss your condition and implant options with your surgeon. Individual results of joint replacement vary. Implants may not produce the same feel or function as your original knee. There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, fracture, dislocation, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery.

NAVIO is not for everyone. Children, pregnant women, patients who have mental or neuromuscular disorders that do not allow control of the knee joint, and morbidly obese patients should not undergo a NAVIO procedure.

This information is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Consult your physician for details to determine if NAVIO or JOURNEY II XR is right for you.

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