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Robotic arm making knee, hip surgery recovery time faster

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Knee and hip surgery that's more accurate and requires less recovery time.

It's now an option for patients in Mid-Michigan.

"It's actually a very minimally invasive procedure we use a smaller incision to treat only the part of the knee that has arthritis," said orthopedic surgeon, Ramy Kurdy.

Starting in October, orthopedic surgeons at McLaren Bay Region began performing makoplasty total hip and partial knee replacement surgeries with the help of a robotic arm.

“When you cut it's very precise you have less blood loss. And you have less complications the patient recovers much more quickly,” Kurdy said.

Two years ago, the only hospitals in Michigan with the technology were in Detroit.

Now all five orthopedic surgeons at McLaren are trained to use makoplasty and the robotic arm.

"We used to do it by hand 30 years ago, and you'd feel and measure,” said orthopedic surgeon Terrance Cherwin. “But this is makes it very automatic and much more precise.”

While the surgeon is working on the knee or hip, a makoplasty specialist is helping them navigate the surgical implant.

“A way to look at it is it's a handheld GPS system, the computer guides our hands with the bur or the remer and if we go out of bounds it shuts us off,” Cherwin said.

McLaren said the new technology will help local patients get back on their feet a lot faster.

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