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Tool helps with knee replacement surgery

Dr. Taylor Dennison with Steindler Orthopedic Clinic poses with Mercy Iowa City’s state-of-the-art Velys Robotic-Assisted surgery tool for knee replacement surgery. (Submitted)

Mercy Iowa City has introduced a new robotic-assisted surgery tool with the goal to get patients back to their normal routines with faster recovery times.

Mercy Iowa City now offers the Velys Robotic-Assisted Solution, the latest advancement that helps surgeons perform knee replacement surgery that is tailored to each individual patient.

The technology aids surgeons with the use of data based on each patient’s anatomy, designed to help ensure predictable results to improve outcomes, increase mobility and help patients recover faster.

Mercy Iowa City has been recognized with a Blue Distinction Center+ designation in the areas of hip, knee and spinal surgery, showing dedication to delivering high quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

“Bringing this state-of-the-art technology to Mercy Iowa City continues our tradition of being an orthopedic care leader in eastern Iowa,” said Mike Trachta, acting Mercy Iowa City president and CEO. “Our focus is on delivering high quality care to our patients, and by offering this robotic-assisted technology for orthopedics we are supporting patients’ access to better care, faster recovery and a lower risk of complications.”

Mercy Iowa City, in partnership with Steindler Orthopedic Clinic, will have this technology available for patients beginning this month.

Doctors warn that the performance of knee replacements depends on age, weight, activity level, and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have knee replacement surgery. Only an orthopedic surgeon can determine if knee or hip replacement is required based on an individual patient's condition