State of the Art Robotic-Assisted Solution Now an Option for Orthopaedic Surgery at Highland
Highland is one of the first hospitals in the country to acquire The VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution, indicated for use with the ATTUNE® Knee System for total knee arthroplasty. The next generation of robotics is made by DePuy Synthes, the orthopaedics company of Johnson & Johnson. Robotic knee surgery is the latest form of computer-guided surgery, which isn’t new at Highland. In fact it has been available for about 15 years here, according to Christopher Drinkwater, M.D., Highland Orthopaedic surgeon, part of the Adult Reconstructive Division at Highland within UR Medicine Department of Orthopaedics & Physical Performance.
“The computer program gives us information about limb alignment, ligament balance, component position and sizing,” said Dr. Drinkwater. The robotic arm improves the precision of the computer guided bone cuts.”
Robotic arms have been available for knee replacement for over a decade, and have had limited use as they have been expensive, large, and somewhat cumbersome. But this new equipment is less expensive and takes up a much smaller footprint in the OR, in fact, it attaches to the OR table.
A team from Highland trained for use of the equipment in Raynham, Massachusetts. “This is a field and technology I have been very interested in throughout my career,” said Dr. Drinkwater. “This new robot is a very precise tool that also has the potential to improve efficiency and outcomes.”