The Quad Cities’ first robotic-arm assisted surgery took place at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) in Prescott, Arizona on January 26. The successful operation – a knee replacement – was performed by Jason Weisstein, MD, MPH, FACS, Orthopedic Surgeon at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group (YRMG).
“As the Quad Cities first robotic-arm assisted surgery, this is a medical milestone,” says Anthony Torres, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, YRMC. “Going forward, we’re confident YRMC’s robotic-arm assisted surgery program will positively affect people from throughout northern Arizona who need partial or total knee replacement.”
According to Dr. Torres, Dr. Weisstein has vast experience performing total and partial knee replacements using robotic-arm assisted technology. His background, combined with YRMC’s recently acquired Stryker Mako Robotic-Arm, are the key components of a state-of-the-art robotic surgery program.
Robotic-arm assisted surgery allows specially trained orthopedic surgeons, like Dr. Weisstein, to create a 3-D, virtual model of the patient’s unique knee anatomy. During the procedure, the robotic arm guides the surgeon to the predefined area to prepare the bone for the implant. This results in a precise and better-aligned knee replacement.
A Game-Changer for Patients
What does the availability of robotic-arm assisted surgery mean for patients who need partial or total knee replacement?
“It’s a game-changer in every aspect for knee replacement patients,” Dr. Weisstein says. “The accuracy and precision afforded by use of the robot is unparalleled, leading to better component position and improved patient satisfaction. It’s a major step forward for orthopedic care in Yavapai County.”
Robotic-arm assisted knee replacement has many other benefits, including:
- Less soft tissue dissection
- Ability to preserve healthy bone and soft tissue
- Less post-operative pain
- Faster functional recovery and shorter hospitalization
For more information, or to schedule an appointment at YRMG, Orthopedic Surgery, speak to your primary care provider or contact the clinic at (928) 708-4545. YRMG, Orthopedic Surgery is located at:
- 3195 Stillwater Drive, Suite D
Prescott, Arizona 86305
- Outpatient Services Building West on the YRMC West Campus
1001 Willow Creek Road, Suite 1300
Prescott, Arizona 86301
- Del E. Webb Outpatient Center
3262 North Windsong Drive, Suite B
Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314