Advances in knee replacement surgery

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Doctors say new technology in Texarkana is producing better results for patients who need total knee replacement surgery.

Folks were treated to a free seminar at Christus St. Michael Hospital on Friday to learn about treatment options.  Those options include surgery using Stryker’s Mako Robotic Arm-assisted technology.

Experts said the system makes surgery more precise and can make recovery easier on the patient.  Harold Weems, M.D., orthopedic surgeon said, “Pain can be much less with this procedure, mainly because we don’t have to release a lot of the soft tissues like we used to do in the past.  This robot also allows us to put these in without doing those soft tissue releases so there’s much less post-operative pain.”

Weems said knee replacements usually last fifteen to twenty years.  He said this new procedure should help them last longer.  

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