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SCRMC Now Offering Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Orthopedics

Posted on May 27, 2021

The ultimate knee replacement experience comes to Jones County

South Central Regional Medical Center offers new robotic-assisted surgical option

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimates knee replacement surgeries are expected to increase a staggering 180% between now and 2030 in United States. One of the most common reasons for knee pain is osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis. This disease often requires treatment using either full or partial knee replacement surgery. As osteoarthritis progresses, it causes the smooth cushion between bones (cartilage) to break down. This loss of cartilage can cause your joints to become swollen, hard to move and painful. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are lots of treatment options including both surgical and nonsurgical options that can be discussed with your physician. Surgeons at South Central Orthopedics in Laurel are now offering robotic-assisted surgery for knee replacement patients.

Derrick Burgess, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, explains, “I am pleased to offer a new service to patients in our community. The robotic-assisted knee surgery approach will allow for an efficient and more accurate repair than traditional knee surgery. Using the CORITM Surgical System, we are able to create a 3D digital model of the patient’s knee to create a plan for surgery. An added benefit to selecting robotic-assisted surgery, the 3D digital model eliminates the need to get a CT scan or MRI of your knee before your surgery, which reduces your exposure to harmful radiation. During the procedure, the CORITM Surgical System works in conjunction with the physician to achieve accurate positioning of the knee implant based on the patient’s unique anatomy.”

“The system sends precise information about the patient’s knee to the robotics-assisted hand piece more than 300 times per second, allowing our team to remove damaged surfaces, balance the patient’s joint and position the implant with accuracy,” said Dr. Burgess. “The result is a naturally shaped knee made from materials designed to last longer, and positioned with an added level of accuracy to allow for a quicker, smoother recovery”

Robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery using the CORITM Surgical System, combined with the features and benefits of Smith+Nephew’s implant portfolio, can lead to the following patient benefits:

  • Regain function faster and return home sooner
  • A unique plan: We use 3D digital modeling to get a surgical plan customized to the patients’ unique anatomy. This means our surgeon can perform the procedure more accurately than traditional knee replacement surgery.
  • A natural fit: Using these technologies, patients can keep more of their natural bone and ligaments, including the ACL,which helps maintain more of a natural rhythm and step.
  • A wide selection: Our surgeon is able to choose from the widest selection of implants available, so implants can be precision-matched to feel more like a patient’s own knee.

 South Central Regional Medical Center reached a significant milestone on May 11, 2021, when South Central Orthopedics surgeon, Derrick Burgess, MD, performed the first total knee replacement surgery using the CORI Surgical System. South Central recently upgraded its robotics-assisted knee surgery offerings to include the CORI Surgical System.

Orthopedic surgeons at South Central Orthopedics are available to determine if knee replacement surgery is the appropriate option for you. South Central Orthopedics is located at 1002 Jefferson Street, Suite 350, in Laurel. The clinic accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Worker’s Compensation and most commercial insurance plans. To schedule an appointment, please call (601) 649-5990.

Individual results may vary. Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure including CORI-enabled Knee Replacement. The CORI Surgical System is not for everyone. Children, pregnant women, patients who have mental or neuromuscular disorders that do not allow control of the knee joint, and morbidly obese patients and patients contraindicated for UKR, PFA and TKA should not undergo a CORI procedure. Consult your physician for details to determine if surgery using the CORI Surgical System is right for you.

CORI and JOURNEY II XR are trademarks of Smith+Nephew. Certain marks registered with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.