Hoag Orthopedic Institute adds 2nd joint replacement robot


Irvine, Calif.-based Hoag Orthopedic Institute added a second robot to its technology lineup.

Hoag began using the Velys robot from Johnson & Johnson, according to a May 18 news release. So far more than 25 cases have been completed with it. Nader Nassif, MD, chief of joint replacement, was one of the first surgeons to use the robot.

"We realize through many studies that a percentage of knee replacement patients still have some pain, stiffness or are just not satisfied with their new knee, even though they would agree that they would have still undergone the procedure," Dr. Nassif said in the release. "If the robot can help reduce that small percentage of unsatisfied patients even more, we have made progress."


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