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Orthopedics: ROSA® - Robotic Surgical Assistant

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We are proud to offer ROSA® Knee robotic technology from Zimmer Biotmet. ROSA,ROSA - Robotic Surgical Assistant which stands for Robotic Surgical Assistant, is designed to help your specially-trained surgeon tailor the placement of your knee implant just for you.

Getting a precise knee implant fit is important to your comfort and overall experience following knee replacement surgery. ROSA Knee uses data collected before and during surgery to inform your surgeon of many details related to your unique anatomy that may affect your implant fit. By using this data to make more informed decisions, your surgeon is able to plan for and carry out a personalized surgery based upon your individual needs.

The surgical procedure using ROSA Knee is similar to traditional total knee replacement, but with a robotic assistant. Your surgeon has been specially trained to use ROSA Knee in order to personalize the surgical approach for your unique anatomy. It’s important to understand that the robot does nothing on its own. That means it does not move unless your surgeon prompts it to. Your surgeon is still in the operating room the entire time and is making all of the decisions throughout your surgery.

During your procedure, ROSA Knee utilizes a camera and optical trackers attached to your leg to know exactly where your knee is in space. Think of it like a very detailed global positioning system (GPS) that you might use in your car. If your leg moves even a fraction of an inch, the robot can tell and adjusts accordingly. This helps ensure that the plan your surgeon put into place is executed as intended. Throughout your surgery, ROSA Knee provides your surgeon with data about your knee. This information, combined with your surgeon’s skill, helps them know how to position your implant based on your unique anatomy.

At Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics, our team of orthopedics experts continue to stay abreast of the latest in services and technology. Offering the ROSA knee is just one more way that we are bringing the latest in healthcare advancements to our patients. 

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