Orthopedic Surgeons Put Robots to Use During Knee Replacement

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a robotic-assisted knee procedure, your surgeon operates with assistance from a robot that is preprogrammed with the precise details of your anatomy to install a new artificial knee with more accuracy.“Robotics allows you to dial in and fine-tune the position of the knee replacement to keep balance and to restore the normal anatomy of the knee,” said Dr. Jeffrey Stimac, an orthopedic surgeon with the Norton Orthopedic Institute.
Norton Orthopedic Institute is the first in the Louisville area to use the ROSA Knee System. Before a robotic-assisted knee replacement, x-rays will be used to create a 3D model of your existing knee, allowing surgeons to plan specifics of the operation beforehand. During the surgery, the robot only moves at the surgeon’s direction. A camera and optical trackers in the robot can detect the most minute twitch or movement in your knee and adjust accordingly, helping ensure your surgeon’s plan is executed correctly. 
“Think having a better aligned and better-balanced knee will hopefully get people recovering faster and off pain medication sooner,” said Stimac.
Stimac said that robotics has gained a lot of popularity in hip and knee replacements within the past five years, and …

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