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Krackow Honored for His Pioneering Achievements

Dr. Krackow with the Stryker Navigation system

Kenneth Krackow, MD, with the Stryker Navigation System he invented.

Published July 23, 2010

Kenneth A. Krackow, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Knee Society at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting.

In October 2001, Krackow used the Stryker Navigation System, which he developed, to perform the first computer-assisted total knee replacement outside of Europe and the first FDA-approved total-knee replacement procedure in this country. The surgery was done at Kaleida Health’s Buffalo General Hospital, where he is clinical director of orthopaedic surgery.

The Stryker Navigation System is the culmination of six years of development, testing and research by Krackow and his staff at UB.

Krackow also specializes in adult hip reconstruction and replacement surgery. In addition to being renowned for his pioneering role in the use of computer navigation for knee replacement surgery, he is recognized worldwide for his dedication as a teacher and expertise in knee surgery.