Nashville, Tenn. — With total knee replacements in the United States expecting to increase by 673 percent by 2030,1 TriStar Centennial Medical Center is transforming the way joint replacement surgeries are performed, utilizing the latest robotic-arm assisted applications.

Jeffrey Hodrick, MD, orthopedic surgeon at TriStar Centennial’s Southern Joint Replacement Institute, was the first surgeon at the hospital to perform a knee replacement with assistance from the Mako Robotic-Arm surgical technology.

“We provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis,” said Dr. Hodrick. “Using a virtual 3D model, we have the ability to plan pre-operatively and modify the plan intra-operatively while guiding a robotic arm. It selectively targets the damaged bone, allowing for precision cuts during resection, replacing only a portion of the joint while sparing the healthy ligaments surrounding it.”

Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, the transformative technology creates a personalized surgical plan and identifies the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s anatomy.

“Expanding our orthopedic services reinforces and reflects our investment in the community, positioning TriStar Centennial as a leader in joint replacements,” said Scott Cihak, president and chief executive officer at TriStar Centennial. “We are committed to offering minimally invasive approaches with significantly less postoperative pain to our patients experiencing degenerative joint disease.”

1 Kurtz AAOS. Total knee and hip replacement projections 2030. projections-show-meteoric-rise-by-23-55519727.html. Accessed July 4, 2016.

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