Led by Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Kenneth Kress of Arthritis and Total Joint Specialists, a team of experts at Northside Hospital Forsyth performed Georgia’s first computer-navigated robotic total knee replacement.  This state-of-the-art technology offers a new surgical technique for patients who require total knee replacement due to chronic knee pain as a result of osteoarthritis.

“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.  The use of this robotic arm allows for precise and accurate of implant placement,” explained Dr. Kress.  “With more accuracy and alignment via the robot, there is a potential for longer lasting implants and less recovery time.”

Key benefits to this procedure, pioneered by Mako-Stryker, include a CT-derived patient-specific 3-D modeling that enables accurate planning of implant size, orientation and alignment pre-operatively as well as real-time intra-operative adjustments, allowing for the correct knee kinematics and soft-tissue balance prior to resection.

The robotic arm assisted surgery 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. 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.

“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,” Dr. Kress added.

The joint replacement program at Northside Hospital Forsyth offers patients a team of world class surgeons, orthopedic certified nurses, specially trained rehabilitation therapists, and customized education programs to ensure the fastest and best possible recovery for our orthopedic patients.