First Knee Replacement Surgery Using Robot in Canada Performed on Mississauga Man
The first knee replacement surgery using a robot was recently carried out by a Toronto surgeon. The patient, a 75-year-old man from Mississauga, was offered the option to have a robot-assisted surgery using the new VELYS robotic assisted device and is now on the road to recovery after a successful operation.
Steven Gotal was on a European vacation late last year when his knee pain got worse and kept him from enjoying his time there. His knee pain reached a point where it was affecting his daily simple tasks like walking and going up and down stairs. He then visited Dr. Michael Zywiel, an orthopedic surgeon and clinician investigator with the Schroeder Arthritis Institute at Toronto’s University Health Network who presented the option of knee replacement surgery using a new robot.
The VELYS robotic assisted device Depuy Synthes, a U.S. medical device company entirely from a donation. It allows surgeons to plan and execute the surgery more accurately. “The robot lets us very accurately perform the exact cuts we want to perform,” he said. This means there is very little trauma to the knee and all its ligaments and muscles. This allows patients to be discharged sooner, recover faster, and get back to their regular lives.
Gotal underwent surgery last Friday and is on the road to recovery. He shared that he now has far less pain when getting up and down the stairs and around his home. He does not use a walker anymore.
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