The surgeons at the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center of Northern Indiana, Inc. (OSMC) now have a ‘robotic helping hand’ assisting with knee surgery. The ROSA®️ Knee System is an alternative to the conventional knee joint replacement procedure. With ROSA, robotic technology and skilled surgeons are brought together to design a knee replacement personalized and customized for each patient.
Total knee joint replacement is among the most performed elective surgeries in the United States, with over 650,000 performed each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists.
ROSA, which stands for robotic surgical assistant, brings an extra measure of precision to total knee replacement. The machine provides real-time data that helps a surgeon assess soft tissues and refine surgery processes to help with positioning of the knee implant during surgery.
“The ROSA Total Knee Replacement System, by Zimmer-Biomet, provides the newest and most advanced joint replacement technology,” said Dr. Mark Klaassen, orthopedic surgeon, and a joint reconstruction specialist at OSMC. ROSA Knee uses a camera and optical trackers attached to a patient’s leg to know exactly where the knee is in space – much like a detailed global positioning system. “The method gives a new level of precision measurement and visualization of each patients’ unique knee anatomy. The robotic ‘arm’ allows us to make intra-operative placement adjustments immediately, eventually resulting in a very natural fit,” Klaassen noted.
Dr. Craig Erekson, an orthopedic surgeon at OSMC, noted, “It’s exciting that the OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center can offer this cutting-edge technology that allows patients to experience reduced pain, a rapid recovery, a fit for the patient’s own anatomy and a great long-lasting knee replacement.”
An OSMC specialty trained physician can help you decide if surgery using ROSA is right for you. Learn more here.