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New total knee replacement surgery in Rochester area brings in robots

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Rochester Regional Health is now using a Robotic Surgical Assistant (ROSA) as part of its total knee replacement surgeries. One machine is now located at each hospital in the region: Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, and United Memorial Medical Center. (Photo: Rochester Regional Health)

(WHAM) - A new form of knee replacement surgery is being performed at hospitals in the Rochester area.

Rochester Regional Health is now using a Robotic Surgical Assistant (ROSA) Knee Zimmer Biomets as part of its total knee replacement surgeries. One machine is now located at each hospital in the region: Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, and United Memorial Medical Center.

The first surgery was performed at UMMC in Batavia on Friday by Dr. Matthew Landfried, Co-Chief of the Orthopedics Division Co-Chief at Rochester Regional Health. Using the ROSA allows for more accuracy for the surgeon and a quicker recovery period for the patient.

Dr. Landfried described the robot's role as a guide, allowing it to create a map of the patient's knee and understanding how it moves while allowing a human surgeon to make the cuts and do the actual surgery.

"What that allows us to do is give the patients the newest, best technology and essentially adjustments on the fly during surgery," Dr. Landfried said. "No two people are exactly alike."

There are approximately 700,000 total knee replacements conducted in the U.S. each year, making it among the most commonly-performed elective surgeries.

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