Technology Improves Comfort, Speeds Recovery Times and Can Extend Implant Viability
WARWICK, N.Y. (June 8, 2021) St. Anthony Community Hospital, a member of WMCHealth, now offers robotic-arm assisted total knee replacement procedures. Robotic-arm assisted surgery assists surgeons by making implant placement more precise and aligned with each patient’s unique anatomy. This personalized precision can reduce surgical discomfort for the patient, speed recovery times and increase the longevity of the implant.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, joint pain can affect individuals of all ages, and can be prevalent in active seniors. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is a common form of arthritis that occurs when cartilage inside a joint wears down over time. As a result, the joint becomes increasingly painful and difficult to move. If medical and physical therapy treatment options fail to provide relief, a surgeon may recommend total knee replacement using robotic technology.
The surgical robot’s modeling software uses x-ray data to create a three-dimensional image of the patient’s knee joint, and surgeons use this image map to build a customized plan to execute the procedure with greater accuracy. With this personalized patient data, the surgeon uses cameras and optical trackers to guide the robotic-arm and position the implant based on the patient’s unique anatomy.
“Technology does not replace the experience of a skilled surgeon, but it can help with exact execution in certain circumstances. Robotic-assisted surgery is a powerful tool that helps ensure the implants are placed in just the right position to optimize the patient’s total knee replacement,” said John Hardcastle, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Director of Total Joint Replacement, St. Anthony Community Hospital. “We know the decision to have joint replacement can be difficult for patients to make, and we believe these robotically-assisted technologies have the potential to make the decision easier.”
Community members suffering from joint pain should call 845.987.5400 to schedule an appointment or visit StAnthonyCommunityHosp.org/Joint-Robot for more information about the robotic-arm assisted knee replacement procedure.
About St. Anthony Community Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth)
For 80 years, St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY, has served residents of Orange County, NY, and New Jersey’s Sussex and Passaic counties with outstanding and compassionate care. The 60-bed hospital is a primary resource for emergency, medical, surgical, obstetrical/gynecological and acute-care services. The comprehensive surgery program includes joint-replacement, vascular, gynecological, urological, pulmonary, ophthalmic, plastic surgery, hand, foot, same-day and general surgery. The expanding Radiology Department now offers three-dimensional mammography. Mount Alverno Center, a state-approved adult home with an assisted-living program serving 85 residents, and Schervier Pavilion, a 120-bed skilled-nursing facility dedicated to the highest standard of healthcare excellence, also are on the campus. Visit StAnthonyCommunityHosp.org and follow at Facebook.com/StAnthonyCommunityHosp, Twitter.com/BSCHS and Instagram.com/WMCHealth.
About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, NY, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. With Level 1, Level 2 and pediatric trauma centers, the region’s only acute-care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted-living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental-health systems in New York State, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. Visit WMCHealth.org.