In January, Montefiore Health System launched its new robotic joint replacement program.
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Over a million total hip and knee replacement procedures are performed each year in the United States and now a Bronx hospital uses a robot to aid the process.
In January, Montefiore Health System launched its new Robotic Joint Replacement Program, led by Dr Carlos Alvarado who recently joined the Department of Orthopedic Surgery as Director of Robotic Hip and Knee Surgery.
Montefiore is one of the first programs in the region to use the new surgical robot called ROSA (Robotic Surgical Assistant). The program uses technology to create a 3D model of the patient’s bone anatomy by taking x-rays, unlike most robotic devices, which require CT scans. CT scans can be more expensive and difficult to access, so by using x-rays more patients may be eligible for this advanced approach.
“It is the only robot capable of creating a map from 3D X-rays,” explained Alvarado.
Alvarado, who has been doing this type of procedure for about a decade, came to Montefiore from Miami six months ago.
The robotic arm is guided by the surgeon to help improve the accuracy of the surgery and reduce the need for revisions. Montefiore has one of the largest joint replacement programs in the region. Typically, patients can go home the day after their surgery.
“Knee replacement surgery is very successful overall when using a robot,” he said. “I think robotic surgery will allow us to unlock this next level of improvement.”