Toronto hospital uses robot for knee replacement surgery

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Toronto hospital uses robot for knee replacement surgery

Dr. Michael Zywiel of the Schroeder Arthritis Institute says the goal is to reduce complications.

A Toronto surgeon performed robotic knee replacement surgery last Friday on a 75-year-old patient, a new approach that aims to reduce complications and speed up rehabilitation.

FIX < strong>: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that this was the first robotic knee replacement surgery in Canada. However, it is rather the use of a new robot that makes it possible to perform incisions with greater precision and to install implants that are better suited to patients. The title and text have therefore been edited.

Dr. Michael Zywiel of the Schroeder Institute of Arthritis, which is affiliated with the Hospital Network university in Toronto, used a robot called Velys, made by an American company.

He explains that the device allows him to make “very precise” incisions and install an implant that is better suited to each patient.

“Within an hour or two [after the operation], the patient can get up and walk, putting weight on the knee, and go home.

—Dr. Michael Zywiel, Orthopedic Surgeon

[Thanks to the robot], the operation causes less trauma to the knee, particularly to the ligaments and muscles, explains Dr. Zywiel.

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The robot called Velys makes it possible to make more precise incisions for each patient, explains surgeon Michael Zywiel.

The purchase of the robot was funded entirely through a donation.

Dr. Zywiel and his team at Western Hospital in Toronto must train specialists in ;other hospitals on the use of the robot, a training that takes more than a year.

Steven Gotal, 75, says he is recovering well from the operation.

Steven Gotal, a 75-year-old man from Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, was the first patient to benefit from this robotic operation at Western Hospital.

He says his left knee hurt so much that he had difficulty walking and climbing stairs. In addition, he could no longer do his favorite sports, such as cycling and swimming.

One ​​week after surgery, he is back to home, where he can now climb stairs and move around without too much pain and without using a walker.

“I feel pampered.

— Steven Gotal, Patient

He has no regrets about volunteering. He hopes to get back to cycling and swimming.

Based on information from CBC's Talia Ricci

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