“What the robot allows us to do is make more accurate cuts without having to put these big cutting jigs on the bone,” he said.
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Some people might be nervous about the new option, but Fester said the benefits make it worthwhile.
His first candidate for the procedure, Theresa Hall, said she wasn’t skeptical about the surgery at all but the equipment itself surprised her.
“I was expecting this great big old machine but it was actually a lot smaller than what I thought,” she said.
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Traditional surgery can take up to two hours for a full knee replacement, Fester said, but he expects that time to decrease as the staff gets used to the equipment. Patients can expect a reduced amount of pain compared to traditional surgery, he said.
“That’s the biggest thing patients notice,” he said. “There’s less pain and you get back quicker.”
Fester said he’s excited about the chance to offer the technology to more patients in the region.
“People are always apprehensive about having surgery but when they hear we have the latest and greatest, they seem really excited about it,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if we’re in New York or Chicago or little Springfield, Ohio — we want to be able to take care of you in the best and newest way possible.”