Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital offering robotic-arm assisted, total knee replacements

First of its kind technology in Cenla
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 4:20 PM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - New technology is making its way to Central Louisiana. One Alexandria hospital is transforming the way knee replacements and other surgeries are being done.

The Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital is the first hospital to provide robotic technology to its patients by now offering robotic-arm assisted, total knee replacements. This latest advancement in surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are being performed.

Now here’s how it works: A patient gets a CT scan two weeks before surgery. The CT scan is then turned into a 3D bone model. This way the surgeon has the ability to plan exactly where the implant should sit based on each patient’s unique anatomy.

Mid State Orthopedics Surgeon Timmothy Randell says it’s best to look at the mako robot like a coloring book. Essentially, the technology makes sure each implant fits each patient based on their anatomy, rather than forcing the patient to fit the implant.

“It’s a robot arm that comes into the surgical field and it doesn’t allow you to color outside the lines. So you can protect the soft tissues that need to be protected and only cut the bone that needs to be cut.”

The procedure also cuts down on hospital time post-operation and results in a quicker recovery. No other hospital in Central Louisiana has technology like this, and each surgeon at the hospital is certified and trained to use the robot. They got the robot back in May. Dr. Randell tells KALB he’s done over 35 procedures with the robot since then.

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