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Special Edition: Orthopedics- September 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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W hat if your surgeons had the abil- ity to perform the perfect knee replacement, limiting against soft tissue damage and ensuring they had the right bone cut every time? That's the hope of the latest robotic systems that increasing numbers of orthopedic surgeons are using for total and partial knee replacements. Surgeons who rely on robotic assistance love to share why they love the technology, and how patients and facilities are benefiting from it. "A knee can be replaced without a robot, but the technology prevents outliers," says Brian Patrick Flanagan, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Northwestern Medicine Huntley (Ill.) Hospital. "Those rare cases where ligaments are too tight or implants aren't aligned, or a muscle gets injured because the saw slips out of the bone — that's all prevented with the robot." More manufacturers are creating robotic ortho- pedic systems, and each have different capabilities and work with different implants, says Yair D. Kissin, MD, FAAOS, vice chairman of the depart- ment of orthopedic surgery at Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Haptic systems, which were the first robots available to orthopedic sur- geons for knee replacement procedures, use 3D models of patients' specific joint anatomy that are created from pre-op CT scans. The systems feature a robotic arm with an attached saw that provides feedback to surgeons as they cut, ensuring the saw doesn't leave the intended path. Dr. Flanagan says his haptic robotic system ensures he's getting the right cut and placement of the implant each time, allowing him to shift the implant placement a tenth of a millimeter at a time, 1 4 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 0 Robotic Assistance Improves Knee Replacements Perfect cuts and precise implant placement can take your total joints program to the next level. Kendal Gapinski | Contributing Editor READY TO REPLACE Brian Patrick Flanagan, MD, prepares his robot to perform a knee replacement at Northwestern Medicine Huntley (Ill.) Hospital. He's one of the first surgeons in the area to use the robot for both partial and total knee replacements. Northwestern Medicine

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