ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- It's called the NAVIO surgical system and pretty soon it'll be in use at Cayuga Medical Center. The robotic-assisted system will be for orthopedic surgeries, and provide accurate and flexible real-time imaging. 

"So you put the pins in the tibia and the femur and there's rays that you map patient's anatomy right on their anatomy and the computer records all of it," said Cayuga Medical Center Director and Orthopedic Surgeon, Deidre Blake, MD. "Come up with a 3D essentially anatomy in the computer and then you can determine right there and move the implants around in real-time on the screen before placing them in the patient."

Doctors first start by determining where they want to place the implant inside a patient. Then, they use the robotic handpiece to remove a certain amount of bone and then install the implant. For doctors at the hospital, they're ready for the new robotics. 

"The majority of us trained with this all through residency," said Blake. "Robotics surgery has been around for a long time. But in smaller community hospitals, you don't always have the resources to have it. So technically it's not extremely challenging. We have had multiple cadaver sessions and we've trained with other surgeons in other areas."

The robot costs $500,000 and will be in use by the end of April.

"I think it's just another example that Cayuga Orthopedics wants to offer as much as possible right here because traveling is a huge burden to patients, especially orthopedics," said Blake. "That means you're not walking well, so getting in a car and driving an hour or two hours is not ideal. So it's going to be nice for the patients and that's why we really wanted it."