Stormont Vail offers new knee replacement technology

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Stormont Vail Health and Cotton O’Neil Orthopedics and Sports Medicine have been using a new “Rosa” robotic operating system for knee replacements since the beginning of February.

Dr. Michael Tilley said the robot ensures accuracy for the surgeon, faster recovery time, and longer lasting relief for patients who leave Stormont Vail Orthopedics afterward.

“Whether the range of motion is how the knee feels to them, how the pain control is, how quickly they get back to the things they want to do. This enables us to insert the implants very, very precisely, ”he said. “Especially with some of the complex deformity cases and things like that that we can do. It also allows us to customize the way we use the knee replacement for each particular patient. “

The new technology, which Tilley said is the first of its kind in the region, allows doctors to use 2D X-rays to create a personalized plan for the person receiving the surgery, and then create a 3D virtual image of the person the knee. He said the technology will allow them to find more accurate measurements and information, and thus have greater accuracy, once a knee replacement is performed.

“If we want to turn the knee a few degrees here and there, move things up and down a little, we can do all of that and want their particular ligaments, constraints around the knee, or how tight their ligaments are, or want to lose their ligaments. We can.” take this into account before we ever come up with a plan, before we get the saw to the bone, ”he said.

He said this gives patients the latest technology to offer in NE Kansas and that is what they are always striving for.

“It’s kind of the first in this region, and I think it’s something we are making available to the community and they should try to take advantage of it,” he said.

In addition to helping him in the operating room, Tilley is still operating on his knee. The “Rosa” machine is a tool.

“It’s the same operation. You do the same steps, you just let the robot do the work for you. There is a lot more information that you, as a surgeon, get about this so more decisions and things have to be made. More small adjustments than a total knee replacement with conventional instruments, ”he said.

The pain does not go away with the tool. Patients will still have pain and checkups after surgery, but Tilley said the tool can help them before putting in the need for the knee. That patients can recover faster and better than before thanks to the precision.

“Only now can I take what was very subjective to me in the past – now it is very objective. We have real numbers that tell me how loose this tie is, and I can make all of the little adjustments that I have now made to the entire case. I can do all of this planning before we ever start preparing the knee to put the parts in, ”he said.

Stormont said the robotic tool currently only works for knee replacements, but other variations of robots for hip replacements are in the works.

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