Knee and Hip Replacement with NAVIO and CORI
Robotic-assisted Surgical System

Is Living With Joint Pain Really Living?

If you’re one of the estimated 30 million Americans suffering from osteoarthritis, discover how knee replacement using NAVIO robotic assistance may help you return to the activities you love.

Find out today how St George Surgical Center can help you return to an active lifestyle.

St George Surgical Center, a physician-owned, accredited outpatient surgery center has invested in cutting edge technology to improve overall patient health: the NAVIO robotics-assisted surgery is an advancement in orthopedics putting accuracy in your surgeon’s hands that could result in a longer lasting knee.

Contact our care coordinator today at (844) 673 0095 toll free and we’ll answer your questions and put you in touch with our Board-certified, Fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons.

How Do I Know If I Am A Candidate For Robotics-Assisted Knee or Hip Replacement Using The NAVIO or CORI System?

Although each patient must consult with a physician individually, typical knee or hip replacement candidates share the following characteristics:

  • Joint pain during activities and sometimes during sleep that awakens you with pain
  • Joint pain that limits activities on more days than not
  • Initial joint pain or stiffness caused by activities from a seated position
  • No longer finding relief from non-surgical treatment options

Not everyone is a candidate for knee or hip replacement using the NAVIO / CORI Surgical System. Knee and hip replacement surgery is intended to relieve pain and improve joint function. However, 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. Individual results will vary. Talk to your doctor to determine what treatment may be best for you.

Accurate Implant Placement

Our physicians use the NAVIO system to perform robotics-assisted partial knee replacement. They chose this technology because it allows them to individualize each patient’s knee replacement surgery, and use robotic assistance for accurate results.1

With the NAVIO system, there is no special pre-operative preparation or post-operative recovery protocol. The NAVIO system does not perform the procedure; rather it assists the surgeon by providing accuracy — crucial to the success of the surgery.

1. Lonner, Jess, Moretti, Vince, “The Evolution of Image-Free Robotic Assistance in Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty.”, The American Journal of Orthopedics, May/June 2016, 249-254. Accessed June 7, 2016

Partial Knee Replacement, Compared To Total Knee Replacement, Offers:1-9

  • Improved patient satisfaction – 19% of total knee patients do not have their expectations met – 94% of partial knee replacement patients have their expectations met
  • Lower Post Operative Pain.
  • Lower Risk of Complications
  • Improved Range of Motion
  • Partial knee replacement has been shown to result in a greater range of motion over total knee replacement
  • Knee Feels More Normal
  • Shorter Hospital Stay
  • Faster Recovery Time
  • Smaller Incisions; Smaller Scars
  • More Options in the Future.
    • Partial knee replacement offer more options in the future, where osteoarthritis can advance and further treatment, such as a total knee replacement may be needed
  • Smaller Implants
  • Most Insurance Plans Cover Partial Knee Replacement.  Please call your insurance provider to verify coverage.
  • Less Removal of Bone and Cartilage
  • No Removal of Good Ligaments
  • Collier, Matthew, et al., “Patient, Implant, and Alignment Factors Associated With Revision of Medial Compartment Unicondylar Arthroplasty.”, Jour of Arthro, Vol 21 No 6, Suppl. 2, 2006.
  • Hernigou, Ph, Deschamps, G., “Alignment Influences Wear in the Knee After Medial Unicompartmental Arthroplasty.”, Clin Orthop Relat Res., Volume 423, June 2004, pp 161-165
  • Scott CE, Howie CR, MacDonald D, Biant LC, “Predicting Dissatisfaction Following Total Knee Replacement” J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2010 Sep;92(9):
  • Berger RA, Meneghini RM, Jacobs JJ, et al. Results of unicompartmental knee arthroplasty at a minimum of ten years of follow-up. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005;87(5):999-1006
  • Brown, NM, et al., “Total Knee Arthroplasty has Higher Postoperative Morbidity than Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty: A Multicenter Analysis,” The Journal of Arthroplasty, 2012
  • Hall et al., “Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty (Alias Uni-Knee): An Overview With Nursing Implications,” Orthopaedic Nursing, 2004; 23(3): 163-171
  • Laurencin CT, Zelicof SB, Scott RD, Ewald FC. Unicompartmental versus total knee arthroplasty in the same patient. A comparative study. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1991 Dec;(273):151–156
  • Repicci, JA, et al., “Minimally invasive surgical technique for unicondylar knee arthroplasty,” J South Orthopedic Association, 1999 Spring; 8(1): 20-7.
  • Arthritis of The Knee, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, //orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00212, Accessed 9.5.16
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Total and partial knee or hip replacement surgery with the Navio or CORI Robotic-assisted Surgical System is a technically demanding surgery. Surgeons face a steep learning curve for this procedure, so choosing a surgeon that is skilled and certified to use the Navio or the CORI Robotic-assisted Surgical System is an important consideration.

Dr. Gregory J. Hicken, MD, FAAOS, clinical director of the Robotic Orthopaedic Institute in St George, Utah has surgical privileges at St. George Surgical Center.

If your medical condition prevents you from having your knee or hip replacement surgery with Dr Hicken at St George Surgical Center, we’ll send the robot with him to perform your surgery at a nearby hospital where he has surgery privileges. Call for details. 435-673-0095.

Call 435-705-7039 to learn when we will host the next Lunch or Dinner with the Doctor educational event. 

Attendance and your meal are included at no charge. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • August 4th, 2021 at Magleby’s St George 5-6:30pm
  • September 15, 2021 at Magleby’s St George 5-6:30pm
  • October 20, 2021 at Magleby’s St George 5-6:30pm
  • November 17, 2021 at Magleby’s St George 5-6:30pm
INVITE Dr Hicken to come and speak to your group
about robotic-assisted knee and hip replacement or sports medicine injuries and treatments. Call 435-523-3378 to learn more.

The robotic system works in conjunction with the surgeon’s hands to achieve the precise positioning of the knee implant.

Using the NAVIO /CORI robotic-assisted hand piece enables your robotic-certified, board certified and fellowship trained surgeon to plan the surgery accurately intraoperatively, position the implants, and reduce the risk of errors during the procedure, while decreasing the length of time it takes for you to recover and return to your formerly active lifestyle enjoying friends, family, recreation, shopping, and other active leisure activities.


St George Surgical Center is so very pleased to announce we are now the only Medicare-approved outpatient, same-day surgical facility in Utah with the state of the art NAVIO AND CORI ROBOTIC ASSISTED FULL/PARTIAL KNEE AND TOTAL/PARTIAL HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY.

What robotic-assisted full/partial knee replacement patients are saying:

“When I compare my NAVIO knee replacement surgery to my previous conventional surgery two years ago, I see a huge difference. I could not walk or even bend my knee one month and a half after the previous surgery. This time, I was able to walk two days after. I am using a cane for added support now, but I can also walk without it — and today I drive myself wherever I like. I have my independence back!”


SGSC can accept your Medicare coverage and supplemental insurance for payment for a full/partial robotic knee or hip replacement.

But SGSC also offers outstanding surgical value, with totally transparent, all-inclusive, package pricing of $15,990 for your total knee replacement or $17,985 for your total hip replacement if you are uninsured or are a participant in an employer-sponsored health plan that contracts with SGSC directly.

And, unlike most other robotic systems that are employed around the country, a prior CT scan not required in most cases.  That’s because instead of using a CT as a planning tool before surgery, the robotic-assisted technology in both the NAVIO and the CORI perform the entire surgery as a “dry run” in minutes before placing your new replacement implant. This avoids additional radiation equal to about 10 cross-country air flights and saves you between $300 and $1200 in pre-operative testing.

Our special-value robotic hip and knee package prices include:

  • A 30-year expected* service life hip or knee replacement implant
  • the facility and surgeon fees
  • your anesthesia fees
  • your take home medication if you are visiting from out of town,
  • and overnight overnight stay if necessary.

No surprises, just great surgical value!  Ask also about our low- or no-opioid pain management options.


Many of our contracted employers waive plan deductibles and copays and pay for travel (air and hotel) for the patient and one companion.


If you need financing, we offer several medical financing options for your surgery package.  A $30,000 average household income and at least a 520 FICO score is usually sufficient for approval.  Interest rates for this medical expense limited MasterCard are lower than most other programs.


If you need to arrange direct air travel to St George, Utah, we can help you get to us via commercial or private air travel.

We also work with Angel Flights-West a non-profit charitable organization that has 4,000+ volunteer pilots with aircraft  across 13 Western states. They have arranged free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults for 36 years. You’ll need to plan ahead and be flexible, and understand that they do not arrange emergency service.


Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment or consultation with one of our outstanding Board-certified, Robotic-certified orthopedic surgeons.

(844) 673.0095

* FDA has approved this claim of a 30-year implant expected service life