BROCKVILLE — The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital has already been making good use of its newest and limited piece of surgical technology.
Since last week, the dual-site hospital has been using its new Zimmer Biomet ROSA Knee System (ROSA), conducting multiple operations since Nov. 17.
ROSA is a robotically-assisted surgical system designed to help surgeons personalize and perform total knee replacement surgery.
PSFDH is the first hospital to receive the technology in Eastern Ontario; it is the first community hospital in Canada and the fifth overall in the country to have ROSA.
“For everyone involved — surgeons, medical staff and, most importantly, patients — ROSA has the potential to offer a number of key benefits and advantages,” said Dr. Mark Roberts, the hospital’s ROSA lead surgeon.
“We know the decision to have joint replacement is often a difficult one for patients to make, and we believe this type of technology has the potential to make it an easier one moving forward.”
Among the features included with ROSA is assisting with bone resections and assessing the state of soft tissue. The system also enables surgeons to use software and computer technology to control and move surgical instruments, giving greater accuracy and flexibility during a procedure.
Wendy McPhee, OR manager for the hospital, said that, as the surgeons and health-care workers get more accustomed to operating ROSA, the technology will also reduce time spent in an operating room and help patients get home more quickly.
“The addition of ROSA technology will improve upon the current hospital rate of approximately 95 per cent of orthopedics patients returning home recuperating the same day,” McPhee said.
The PSFDH worked with Zimmer Biomet to receive ROSA for about a year before it was installed and operational.
“With the delivery of ROSA Robotics, Zimmer Biomet is delighted to continue a partnership with Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital that continues to put the hospital, and the community it serves, at the forefront of orthopedic technology and care,” said Luke Windisch, vice-president and general manager of Zimmer Biomet Canada.
McPhee added the addition of ROSA would not have been possible without the support of the hospital’s foundation.