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Healthbeat 4: Orthopedic surgery robotic arm tool

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It's the next big thing in orthopedic surgery.

A robotic-arm that assists orthopedic surgeons in hip and knee replacements.

"It's a robotic technology that takes CT scans of the joints to provide 3-D information of the joint and loads it into the computer program," said Dr. Aaron Althaus, orthopedic surgeon at Tri-State Specialist. 

It's called the Mako Robotic-Arm tool. 

In 2006, the robotic-arm was initially created for partial knee replacements. 

Now it assists doctors when performing total knee and hip replacements with cutting precision. 

"This robotic arm allows for precise cutting and placement of implants that is impossible by manual techniques," said Dr. Aaron Althaus, orthopedic surgeon at Tri-State Specialist. 

Dr. Althaus says as an orthopedic surgeon, precise cutting and placement of the implant is key.

"It will not, it will only cut in a specific location so the injury around the structure is minimized," said Dr. Aaron Althaus, orthopedic surgeon at Tri-State Specialist.  

While the Mako robot isn't in Siouxland just yet, Dr. Althaus says it's something he'd like to see come to the area.

Another technological advancement beginning to impact the orthopedic field is 3-D printing.

With CT scans doctors are able to print individualized joints to give the surgeon a 3-D view to make custom implants. 
 

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