Minnesota hospital hits 500th robotic knee surgery


River's Edge Hospital in St. Peter, Minn., reached a milestone, performing 500 robot-assisted knee surgeries, KEYC News Now reported July 19.

The hospital uses Stryker's Mako robot to create a 3D scan of a patient's anatomy. This lets surgeons determine the best implant size and create a custom surgery plan.

River's Edge Hospital added the robot as part of its total joint replacement program, OrthoEdge.

"[It] improves the quality of life. It lets them be more active, have less pain, improves motion, improves the things in their lives that they are unable to do due to pain of a worn-out knee," Kyle Swanson, MD, told the station.

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