Mercy Medical Center – Dubuque is the first hospital in the region to offer robotic-assisted surgery for hip and knee replacement. Mercy began offering robotic-assisted procedures for total hip and partial knee replacement in February. Total knee replacement will begin March 20. Mercy – Dubuque is on the forefront of robotic-assisted joint replacement and will be one of only 65 hospitals in the country, and one of only two hospitals in Iowa, performing robotic-assisted total knee replacement.
A 3D model of the patient’s knee or hip is made before the surgery, allowing a personalized surgical plan based on each patient’s own specific anatomy. During surgery, the surgeon can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments. The robotic-arm then allows the surgeon to complete that plan with a high level of accuracy and predictability. The combination of these three features of the system has the potential to lead to better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.