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Robot-Assisted Surgery now available at SCMC

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At Stevens Community Medical Center, we have a NEW way to keep you moving! The SCMC Orthopedic Deptis excited to announce the addition of the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution that assists in knee and hip replacement. Advanced technology like robotic-assisted devices can help your surgeon perform a precise knee and hip replacement surgery personalized for your specific anatomy2.

If you would like to learn more or need joint replacement surgery, ask one of our Orthopedic providers to see if you qualify. Call 320-589-7600 for an appointment with Dr. Jay or Amy Brandt, DNP, APRN, ONP-C.

Every knee and hip is different, as is every patient requiring a join replacement procedure. The VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution assists your surgeon in optimizing surgical outcomes. It does this by using intra-operative data that’s unique to you. Your surgeon utilizes the technology during your procedure to enhance the accuracy and precision of your knee or hip replacement to help you start moving again2.

How does the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution work?

The VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution uses a variety of advanced technologies to ensure the surgeon has the information and tools they need to perform a highly accurate and precise knee replacement2. This solution is designed to:

• Aid your surgeon by accessing state-of-the-art technology to provide insights for real-time decision making

• Help your surgeon remove the damaged bone with accuracy. This robotic-assisted device does not move or operate on its own.

• Use an infrared camera and optical trackers to help your surgeon gather the necessary data about your anatomy to achieve a high level of precision

The VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution works exclusively with the ATTUNE™ Knee System. The ATTUNE™ Knee System has been provided to over 1 million patients worldwide and is designed to deliver a greater range of motion and faster recovery, so you can get back to living the life you want to live.3,4,8

How is robotic-assisted technology different?

Robotic-assisted knee/hip replacement:

• Technology controlled by the surgeon2

• May experience less pain and a faster recovery4,8

• More consistent outcomes2 (inconsistencies can affect recovery)

Traditional knee/hip replacement:

• Hand-held tool

• May experience a longer recovery time4,7-8

• There may be more variability in the surgical processes and outcomes4

What are the benefits of using robotic-assisted technology?

There are a number of potential benefits to using this technology for your knee replacement.* During your procedure, the technology will gather details and data related to your knee to help find a favorable implant fit. Additionally, robotic-assisted technology may allow your surgeon to perform a knee replacement tailored to you, while providing both precision and accuracy during your procedure2.

Robotic-assisted technology may deliver*:

• A greater range of motion (how well you can bend and flex your knee after surgery)4

•Less pain compared to traditional methods4

• Faster recovery times (reduced length of hospital stay, hospital readmissions, and health visits)4,7,8

* Findings based on studies conducted across multiple robotic-assisted total knee replacement systems.

For appointments with SCMC Orthopedic Dept. Call 320-589-7600

Things to Discuss with Your Surgeon before a VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution Knee or Hip Replacement

• What type of knee replacement do you think is appropriate for my situation?

• What are the other knee replacement techniques and technologies available? How do they compare to the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution?

• Can knee or hip replacement surgery help relieve my pain and stiffness?

• What are the benefits and risks of knee or hip replacement surgery?

• How long will it take to recover and rehabilitate from knee or hip replacement with the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution? And what is my role in recovery and rehabilitation?

• If I choose to undergo technology-assisted knee replacement surgery, will I be able to resume daily activities?

Important Safety Information

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of knee replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks, and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not undergo this surgery. Only an orthopedic surgeon can determine if knee or replacement surgery is an option for you. For consults call the SCMC Orthopedic Dept at 320-589-7600.


1. Johns Hopkins Medicine. Knee replacement surgery procedure. Accessed April 27, 2021.
2. Doan et al. Resection Accuracy Improved Using A Novel Concept For Robotic-assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty; ORS 2021 Annual Meeting Paper No. 0333.
3. ATTUNE™ Knee System Unit Sales 2019. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.
4. Agarwal N, To K, McDonnell S, Khan W. Clinical and radiological outcomes in robotic-assisted total knee arthroplasty: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Arthroplasty. 2020;35(11):3393-3409.
5. Etter K, Lerner J, Kalsekar I, de Moor C, Yoo A, Swank M. Comparative Analysis of Hospital Length of Stay and Discharge Status of Two Contemporary Primary Total Knee Systems. J Knee Surg. 2017. 1(212): 1-10. DOI Premier PerspectiveTM Database analysis including 38 hospitals, representing 1,178 primary, unilateral TKAs with the ATTUNE Knee and 5,707 primary, unilateral TKAs with TriathlonTM.
6. Katz JN, Mahomed NN, Baron JA, et al. Association of hospital and surgeon procedure volume with patient centered outcomes of total knee replacement in a population-based cohort of patients age 65 years and older. Arthritis Rheum. 2007;56(2):568-574.
7. Cool CL, Jacofsky DJ, Seeger KA, Sodhi N, Mont MA. A 90-day episode-of-care cost analysis of robotic-arm assisted total knee arthroplasty. J Comp Eff Res. 2019;8(5):327-336.
8. Mitchell J, Wang J, Bukowski B, Greiner J, Wolford B, Oyer M, Illgen R. Relative Clinical Outcomes Comparing Manual and Robotic-Assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty at Minimum 1-Year Follow-up. HSS Journal, The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery. 2021; Vol. 17(3) 267-273.

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