South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday February 25, 2020

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January 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 7




Broward Health Offers Advanced Robotic Technology for Knee Replacement Procedures

Robotic technology is revolutionizing surgical care, benefitting patient recovery. Each year, more than one million joint replacements are performed in the United States, and knee replacement is one type of joint anthroplasty that has been greatly improved through the use of computer-navigated and image-guided surgery. 

At Broward Health, patients have access to a state-of-the-art robotics knee program that is designed to improve accuracy, decrease scarring and result in greater range of motion for patients. This advanced technology allows Broward Health surgeons to conduct operations that are designed to offer a shorter rehabilitation and quicker recovery for knee surgery patients.
“We’re committed to investing in the latest technology to provide cutting-edge medicine and deliver the highest standards of quality care for the community,” said Andrew Ta, M.D., executive vice president, chief medical officer at Broward Health. “Our robotic-arm assisted knee technology is just one example of the advanced treatments we offer,” he said.
The sophisticated technology is welcomed by surgeons at Broward Health, where the robotic knee program is available at both Broward Health Coral Springs and Broward Health North. At Broward Health Coral Springs, surgeons have access to the ROSA® Knee System. Through the Joint Replacement Center at Broward Health North, procedures can be performed using the MAKOplasty® Total Knee Replacement. Both systems are considered innovative solutions that can surgeons to attain a new level of precision and restore patients’ mobility and active lifestyle.
“Robotic surgery allows surgeons to more accurately plan for each patient’s specific anatomy before and during the procedure, make more precise bone resections intra-operatively and therefore restore the patient’s normal joint mechanics,” said Bruce Janke, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Joint Replacement Center at Broward Health North.
The robotic-arm assisted technology is a treatment option for adults living with mid- to late-stage osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. During a knee replacement, a Broward Health surgeon takes images of the patient’s anatomy and plans the procedure based on those images. The surgical plan is personalized and unique to the patient’s anatomy. Then, the orthopedic surgeon guides the robotic-arm to position the implant in the knee joint. The robotic-arm does not perform surgery, make decisions on its own, or move without the surgeon’s navigation.
“Robotics help us optimize the placement of prosthetic components in the hope that it will provide a more painless and better recovery after surgery,” said Richard Berkowitz, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Broward Health Coral Springs. “The computer will then inter-operatively tell the surgeon the most optimal placement of these components.”
In addition to using sophisticated treatment options, orthopedic surgeons and a multidisciplinary team of caregivers at Broward Health are dedicated to creating customized treatment plans for each patient. Their passion for caring extends beyond the operating room. The healthcare system’s experienced rehabilitation team provides a therapy plan designed to help ensure appropriate pain management to effectively rehabilitate the affected joint and have a smoother recovery.
“If everything goes as planned, we want them to get back to their regular lifestyles,” said Berkowitz. “Walking, riding bikes, going swimming, playing golf and tennis – hopefully without any pain or discomfort.”
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