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St. Luke’s achieves 1,000 procedures utilizing robotic-assisted technology in total knee replacement


St. Luke’s University Health Network has reached a significant milestone in robotic-assisted knee replacement surgeries.

St. Luke’s orthopedic surgeons have completed 1,000 knee replacement procedures utilizing the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution and the ATTUNE Knee System.

The VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution uses a variety of advanced technologies to provide surgeons with the information and tools they need to perform an accurate and precise knee replacement personalized for the patient’s specific anatomy. This technology is designed to enhance intraoperative accuracy and precision, which improves early patient outcomes following total knee replacement surgery.

The robotic technology is controlled entirely by St. Luke’s orthopedic surgeons and does not operate autonomously. The ATTUNE Knee System works in harmony with the patient’s anatomy to deliver stability and motion; it has been used in more than 2 million individuals worldwide since 2011.

“Patient care is our top priority at St. Luke’s, and the ability to offer reproducible precision in knee replacement has helped improve the quality of life for our patients and allowed them to return to the passions they love,” said St. Luke’s orthopedic surgeon Dr. Adam Sadler, who serves as the network director of the orthopedic robotic program. “This robotic-assisted solution ha shelped us ‘push the envelope’ in this exacting procedure to increase the life of the implant, reduce pain and accelerate rehabilitation.”

This technology is transformational as the VELYS system has helped St. Luke’s orthopedic surgeons further enhance the implant process, according to St. Luke’s orthopedic surgeon Dr. Patrick Brogle.

Dr. Brogle used the VELYS robotic-assisted technology to remove Diane Childs’ arthritic knee and replace it with a metal and plastic joint, which took less than an hour. Childs, a retired nurse, had the procedure at St. Luke’s Orthopedic Hospital at the St. Luke’s West End Campus in Allentown. “The technology allows for degrees of precision not possible with traditional manual instrumentation,” said Brogle. “I feel it contributes to an enhanced recovery and outcome.”

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