Robots may not be close to replacing surgeons, but at Hackensack Meridian Health they already are lending an assist.
One of HMH’s flagship hospitals, Hackensack University Medical Center, became the first hospital in the state in which a robot assisted in total knee replacement.
California-based THINK Surgical’s TSolution successfully cut the femur and tibia during the survey based on a preoperative plan designed by Dr. Yair Kissin, the HMH orthopedic surgeon who performed the procedure.
The surgery was performed on Marie Eck, a 58-year-old Secaucus resident who was suffering from osteoarthritis of the left knee. Eck volunteered to the first patient in New Jersey to undergo the robot-assisted procedure.
Dr. Michael Kelly, chair of Hackensack University Medical Center’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery, said that the operation represents a big step in making robot-assisted surgery the norm.
“This surgery, if proven safe and effective, could revolutionize the treatment of patients suffering from degenerative knee diseases such as osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis,” said Kelly in a statement.