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Northside Forsyth hosts Georgia’s First Robotic Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Posted on: December 14, 2016


More than 600,000 people in the United States have a total knee replacement each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. With an aging population staying in the workforce longer and obesity on the rise, that number is expected to exceed 3 million by the year 2030.

However, advancements in medical technology allow those new joints to move better and last longer, helping us to live healthier, stronger and longer lives.

Northside Hospital Forsyth is Georgia’s leader in same-day joint replacements, performing more surgeries than any other hospital in the state, and has earned Disease Specific Certification for hip and knee joint replacement from The Joint Commission. As part of the Northside Hospital health care system, the hospital also offers patients expertise that ranks in the top one percent of all robotic surgery programs in the U.S.

Total-joint specialists at Northside Hospital Forsyth are combining the strengths of these two programs to help patients, especially those with post-sports related injuries and osteoarthritis, return to a better quality of life much faster. They recently performed Georgia’s first robotic-assisted total knee replacement surgery.

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery from Stryker allows surgeons to perform more accurate joint replacements for patients with chronic knee pain as a result of osteoarthritis. The technology has been used to perform unicompartmental knee replacements for years and is now being used to perform total-hip replacements and total-knee replacements.

“This is a great example of how technological advances, coupled with a surgeon’s expertise, afforded the completion of a total knee replacement surgery using a robotic arm,” said Dr. Kenneth Kress, the orthopaedic surgeon who performed the first robotic total knee replacement at Northside Hospital Forsyth on Oct. 17.

Through 3D models, motion capture and real-time virtual views of the patient’s anatomy, surgeons are able to provide more accurate implant size and placement. Patients may benefit from better stability and more natural movement of the joint, potentially increasing the lifespan of the implant and reducing the risk for revision surgery.

According to Dr. Kress, the use of this robotic technology offers reduced post-procedural pain and less recovery time, increasing patients’ mobility faster than ever before and allowing them to go home within a few hours after surgery. Northside Hospital Forsyth is one of only a handful of programs in the nation with this level of expertise and innovation.

“The Mako platform is supported by significant primary clinical research, including peer review, clinical studies and more,” said Dr. Kress. “Two-years of work has now become a reality and I am extremely proud to have performed this surgery.”

As a leader in surgical services, Northside understands the importance of investing in the latest technology. Total-joint specialists at Northside Hospital Forsyth were the first in Georgia to regularly perform same day (outpatient) total-joint replacements for hip and knee. The surgical team’s experience, combined with more advanced operating room and anesthesia methods, allow them to perform total-joint replacements more efficiently and accurately with smaller incisions, less muscle damage, less blood loss and less post-operative pain.

Five years ago the average joint patient in the U.S. was hospitalized 3-4 days after surgery. Today, 65 percent of patients who undergo joint replacement at Northside Hospital Forsyth go home within four hours.

“We are committed to returning patients to active lifestyles as quickly and safely as possible,” said Amy Fischer, BSN, RN, manager of surgical services, Northside Hospital Forsyth. “This latest surgical milestone helps solidify Northside’s position as the hub for efficient and cutting edge procedures, using the most innovative technology available and helping patients with the smallest amount of risk possible.”

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