Health system to discuss new robotic-arm surgery

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LAURINBURG — If agonizing hip or knee pain is slowing you down, then mark your calendar to come hear about a new surgeon-controlled robotic arm orthopedic surgery.

On Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., Scotland Health Care System will talk about its new surgeon-controlled robotic arm system.

Scotland Health Care System is one of the first hospitals in the region to offer partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement procedures using the Stryker Orthopaedics RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. The technology enables accurate alignment and placement of implants, officials said.

“Accuracy is key in planning and performing both partial knee and total hip procedures,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Rush of OrthoCarolina Scotland. “For a good outcome the implants must be aligned and positioned just right. The robot enables us orthopedic surgeons to personalize partial knee and total hip arthroplasties to achieve optimal results at a level of accuracy previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation.”

The RIO System features a patient-specific visualization system and proprietary tactile robotic arm technology that is integrated with intelligent surgical instruments. It assists surgeons in pre-planning and in treating each patient uniquely and with consistently reproducible procedure.

Surgeries performed at Scotland Memorial Hospital using the robotic system include:

— MAKO Partial knee resurfacing. This treatment option is for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery. A pre-surgical plan is created based on a CT scan of the patient’s knee, and the surgeon uses the Rio robotic arm during surgery to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, sparing healthy bone and surrounding tissue for a more natural feeling knee. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

— MAKO total hip replacement surgery provides visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation and implant positioning to match the pre-surgical plan. After first preparing the femur or thighbone, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to accurately ream and shape the acetabulum socket in the hip, and then implant the cup at the correct depth and orientation.

“We are proud to be able to offer this innovative technology in Laurinburg, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ralph Carters said. “It is part of the commitment Scotland Memorial Hospital and OrthoCarolina Scotland have to provide our community with the best possible orthopedic healthcare.”

Rush will lead the Oct 13 discussion about the potential advantages of this new procedure over traditional joint replacement surgery. The event is free, but registration requested. Light refreshments will be served. Call 910-291-7550.

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