Memorial Regional Hospital South Launches Next-Generation Robotic Technology for Knee Replacement
The new robotic technology enables greater digital precision during surgery
Surgeons at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Center in Broward County became the first physicians in South Florida to use the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution to help them perform knee replacement surgery tailored to each patient’s unique anatomy. The new technology enables knee replacement patients to increase mobility, decrease pain and minimize recovery time to return to their normal, active lifestyle sooner.
“This new robotic technology allows us to offer greater precision in terms of implant placement and soft tissue balancing for our patients, all in the hopes of improving patient outcomes,” Dr. Daniel Chan says, chief of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Memorial Healthcare System. “The robotic arm facilitates the multiple cuts necessary for knee replacement based on patient-specific anatomical landmarks and soft tissue tension while providing real-time intra-operative data that guides decision-making. Unlike other systems, the VELYS platform is completely image-less and does not require patients to go through the expense and radiation exposure of a pre-operative CT scan.”
Of the 900,000 knee replacements being performed in the United States annually, it is estimated that 15% of patients are not fully satisfied after surgery due to persistent pain, stiffness or instability. The VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution aims to improve the satisfaction rate by providing a patient-specific knee replacement surgical plan without the limitations of manual instrumentation. The use of the robot allows exact adjustments in implant orientation and alignment to achieve a balanced knee throughout an entire arc of motion with minimal soft tissue releases, which produces a more natural-feeling knee for the patient while also facilitating rapid recovery.
“The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial Regional Hospital South is poised to combine new technologies in complex orthopedic surgeries with intensive rehabilitation to ensure our patients benefit from the continuum of care offered by our multidisciplinary teams – from diagnosis to surgery to rehabilitation and recovery,” Doug Zaren says, CEO, Memorial Regional Hospital South. “Our goal with every patient is to take them beyond their previous limitations into an active life in motion.”
Potential knee replacement patients are encouraged to take the first step by scheduling a consultation with one of Memorial’s orthopedic specialists by calling 954-546-8902.