The first robotic-assisted total knee replacement at St. Francis - Emory Healthcare in Columbus, Ga., was performed by George Zimmerman, DO, WRBL reported Feb. 22.
Dr. Zimmerman, a specialist in sports medicine and hip and knee surgery, completed the surgery on Feb.11.
Designed to protect soft tissue and ligaments from damage, the robot uses imaging software to create a joint model to ensure implants are accurately placed.
St. Francis is the first hospital in the region to offer the robotic technology, CEO Melody Trimble told WRBL. "We know that robotic technology enables our surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased precision and accuracy, and provides patients with options that are less invasive and provide faster recovery times."
Dr. Zimmerman is a senior examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a clinical educator for osteopathic students rotating through orthopedics, according to St. Francis.