Medical Monday: Advancements in knee replacement surgery create better patient outcomes

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Published: Jul. 29, 2019 at 7:51 AM CDT
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Carol O'Bryan had robotic assisted knee replacement surgery on her left knee just two months ago at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. She had a traditional knee replacement years earlier, and she says the difference in the procedures is remarkable.

"The healing process in my left knee has been tremendously better than my right knee," O'Bryan said.

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Steven Goodwiller says the robot guides the cuts to increase precision.

"Without having to eyeball it, we're getting real time data of where those ligament cuts and balances are going to be once the bone cuts are made," he said.

This results in a well-balanced knee and a better range of motion.

"I can bend my left knee a lot better and a lot quicker," says O'Bryan. "Within just about a month, I was already at 100 degree bending. That is excellent compared to my right knee."

Dr. Goodwiller says the robotic assisted surgery is leading to better patient outcomes.

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