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near and far to have their joints replaced by surgeons who operate with the help of robotic assistance. Unmatched accuracy Precision is paramount during total hip or total knee replacements. Even the most skilled surgeons can't compete with the accuracy of bone cuts made during robotic-assisted surgery. "It makes what we do more precise," says Cedric J. Ortiguera, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. "All surgeons have outliers, a small percentage of procedures where we aim for cer- tain targets that we end up missing. The use of robotics reduces the number of outliers and makes surgery a lot more exact." Getting the cuts and implant placement just right can make or break the success of a procedure. Being mere millimeters off-target in the implant's alignment can reduce the overall lifespan of the hardware and could lead to the need for revision surgery. And if the implant winds up outside a certain range of ideal placement, the risk of implant failure is significantly increased. Robotics has consistently shown to have a positive impact on both the success rate of procedures and recovery times of patients. "For a hip, the advantages are cuff position, leg length and offset, which is how much tension the muscles are under," says K. Seth Kuwik, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the Orthopaedic Surgery Center in Youngstown, Ohio, who has performed approximately 500 robotic cases since 2015. "For a total knee replacement, it's about getting a balanced joint, having a knee with neutral alignment and flexion, and extension gaps that are equal." By using CT scans to create a virtual 3D model of the patient's anatomy, robotic platforms allow surgeons to clearly visualize exactly what they'll be operating on before the first cut is made. The image- A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 4 7

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