KNOXVILLE – Knoxville Hospital & Clinics (KHC) is marking a milestone this month by being the first medical facility in Iowa to offer total knee replacement surgery using NAVIO robotics-assisted technology. The pioneering approach just received final clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration.

KHC began performing partial knee replacements using the NAVIO system in January, and it has been widely accepted by patients.

With both the partial and total knee replacement, the NAVIO system is designed to deliver consistent and accurate results through the utilization of a robotics-assisted hand piece, 3D surgical planning software, and special cutting guides, all of which enable better patient outcomes.

The system enables precise implant positioning and a customized solution for each patient. And, unlike other robotics-assisted platforms, the NAVIO system does not require a preoperative CT scan.

Free educational seminar

This milestone marks the first-time orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Todd Peterson will have access to the robotics-assisted technology when implanting the total knee system. He has already started to discuss this option with patients and will address the value of this breakthrough technology for joint replacement procedures at his upcoming seminar on June 21 in Indianola. You can enroll for this free seminar by calling (641) 842-1485.

Advanced technologies and innovative approaches

KHC’s specialized orthopedics team delivers superior care – from diagnosis and treatment to recovery. Their philosophy is to provide exceptional customer service, along with individualized, patient-centered care from pre-surgical education to post-operative physical rehabilitation with the goal of achieving excellent patient outcomes.

Care without compromise

The orthopedic surgeons at KHC are recognized throughout the region for their advanced, innovative orthopedic expertise. KHC delivers a wide range of specialized orthopedic surgical procedures – hand surgery, joint replacement, arthroscopic surgical repair, and foot and ankle surgeries, and more.

The orthopedic team prides itself on offering a multi-faceted approach, including the latest diagnostic imaging, nonsurgical and surgical approaches, pre-operative education for patients and family, and access to outstanding physical therapy rehabilitation services.

The comprehensive care at KHC is designed to facilitate a faster recovery and return to daily activities.

Superior quality

Orthopedic patients receive care at KHC’s recently renovated and expanded facility in Knoxville, which offers: state-of-the-art surgical suites; enhanced pre/post-surgical recovery rooms for greater comfort; modernized patient and family friendly hospital rooms; and a new physical rehabilitation facility for pre-surgical exercise and post-surgery recovery.

Outstanding patient experience

KHC is a repeated recipient of outstanding patient experience ratings. According to the January 2017 Press Ganey survey, 98.6% of patients would recommend the Knoxville Hospital Clinic to family and friends.

The entire orthopedic team works collaboratively to ensure each patient has a positive experience at KHC.

To learn more about knee pain relief options, including partial and total knee replacement, visit  Watch the videos to listen to patients who have undergone the procedures.

What causes knee pain?

Millions of people suffer from osteoarthritis, which occurs when there is a breakdown in the cushioning cartilage between joints, such as the knee. When this cartilage wears down, bones begin to rub against each other causing pain, swelling, stiffness and damage to other parts of the knee.

While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are multiple treatment options to manage pain and potentially delay the progression of the disease. Your doctor may prescribe exercises, weight loss or medication. If osteoarthritis progresses to an advanced stage and is causing severe pain, surgery may be the best option. A partial or total knee replacement are common surgical options you may discuss with your doctor.

Why partial knee replacement?

Partial knee replacement offers several benefits over total knee replacement, such as less pain, a more normal feeling knee, smaller incisions, and quicker rehabilitation.

Why total knee replacement?

Total knee replacement is one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. More than 90 percent of individuals who undergo the procedure experience a dramatic reduction in knee pain and significant improvement in their ability to perform common activities.

What is a NAVIO robotics-assisted knee replacement?

The NAVIO system is an advancement in the way orthopedic surgeons perform partial and total knee replacement. Every NAVIO procedure has an individualized plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy. The system works in conjunction with the surgeon’s skilled hands to achieve precise positioning of components during surgery. This level of accuracy can help improve the function, feel and potential longevity of the knee implant.

What can NAVIO™ robotics-assisted technology mean for you?

  • Consistent results
  • Accurately placed components
  • Customized planning
  • No CT-scan required

What’s my next step?

Some of the questions to ask at your appointment include:

  • Is my knee pain caused by osteoarthritis?
  • Am I candidate for a partial or total knee replacement?
  • Is NAVIO robotics-assisted technology right for me?
  • How does my age, lifestyle and overall health affect my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with surgery?

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418 or visit