June 08, 2021
West Valley Medical Center has launched an innovative robotics technology for total knee and hip replacement surgeries. The advancement, combined with the hospital’s unique, comprehensive pre-surgery education approach to joint replacement surgery has transformed the way total knee and hip replacements patients are recovering.
“Robotics has taken it to the next level. I didn’t think it would be this good!” said Dr. George Nicola, West Valley Medical Center Orthopedic Surgeon. “The robot now has made it way more exact.”
“There have always been advancements in surgery and techniques, but this is promising,” said Dr. John Q. Smith, West Valley Medical Center Orthopedic Surgeon.
The innovative robotics technology provides the opportunity to create a personalized 3D plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy all before entering the operating room. Then during the procedure, surgeons can validate the plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm.
“The operation is in fact the same operation we’ve been doing all along, only with more precision and better planning,” said Dr. Michael Daines, West Valley Medical Center Orthopedic Surgeon.
“This addition to our orthopedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare, closer to home,” said Betsy Hunsicker, chief executive officer, West Valley Medical Center. “We are proud to offer our patients this state-of-the-art technology combined with our Ortho Ethos Program that optimizes all aspects of the surgical journey.”
“The robotics technology is a game changer, especially when combined with West Valley’s Ortho Ethos program and my outpatient Rapid Recovery program. We are seeing fantastic results from our patients who are more than prepared when their day of surgery arrives,” said Dr. Nicola.
West Valley’s Ortho Ethos Program is a VIP experience that focuses on the individual needs of each patient, combined with Enhanced Surgical Recovery, versus traditional methods to clear a patient for surgery. The program incorporates joint class, case management, registration, and an introduction to rehabilitation services ensuring patients are educated, informed and feel more at ease throughout their total joint journey.
Caldwell resident Mike Tackett benefited from both the Ortho Ethos Program and the new, robotics surgery technology. He walked into the hospital for surgery for a total knee replacement at 8:00am and was home that evening.
“I was at a 10 on the pain scale for my knee before surgery, now I’m less than a one. Plus, I’m not taking all the pain medication, I’m getting a lot of my life back,” said Tackett. Read his story here.
The community can learn more about the robotics technology as well as the Ortho Ethos Program by registering to view a free online seminar. Dr. Daines, Dr. Nicola and Dr. Smith provide three perspectives and the seminar can be viewed at any time.