Reston Hospital Performs First Total Knee Replacement Using Robotic Arm

by RestonNow.com March 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm 12 Comments

Reston HospitalReston Hospital Center recently became the first hospital in the region to perform a total knee replacement surgery with the help of robotic arm-assisted technology.

According to a press release, orthopedic surgeon Bradley Boyd performed the procedure using the hospital’s new Mako Technology.

“The advantages of the Mako Technology allow me to combine a preoperative 3D model CT scan with intra‐operative robotic templating,” Boyd said in the release. “This enables an extremely accurate alignment of the knee components and leg length, fitting each patient’s unique anatomy.”

The hospital acquired the technology in 2015 for total hip and partial knee replacements, but it has now been expanded to total knee replacement surgeries.

“The addition of the Mako Total Knee Application to our current system is a direct reflection of our commitment to providing the best outcomes for our patients,” said John Deardorff, president and CEO of Reston Hospital Center, in the release. “It is our goal to remain at the forefront of technological advances in surgery so that we can continue to give our patients and medical staff access to the latest in surgical care.”

For more information about Reston Hospital Center, visit its website.

  • John Higgins

    This is a remarkable breakthrough…using an arm to replace a knee. I can’t wait to read the rest of the article.

  • Heh

    Dr. Boyd did the reduction on my son’s broken arm last year and put a cast on it. Great guy! That process did not involve robots, however.

  • Mike M

    So, what’s next? A robotic arm controlling a robotic arm? Would that be progress? Or is this simply more gratuitous gold-plating of healthcare because doctors don’t deign to think about efficiency?

    • Rich_C

      Doesn’t seem gratuitous at all. “This enables an extremely accurate alignment of the knee components and leg length, fitting each patient’s unique anatomy.”
      They use a computer to laser eye surgeries too. Humans can’t be exact enough.

      • Arielle in NoVA

        or steady enough for long surgeries requiring incredible precision

      • Mike M

        So, a robot arm controlling a robot arm, controlling a robot arm? Even better?

        • Micheal Kelso

          Haha silly boy doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

          • Mike M

            Iron clad comeback. How could I possible respond? And I’m the “silly boy?”

        • Donald

          I believe the benefits are there. Robotics in healthcare is here to stay. The same can be said for the use of robotics in the automotive, agriculture, aerospace, and retail industries. I’m afraid, you’re going to have to wake up and smell the coffee.

          • Mike M

            Have you seen the skyrocketing costs of healthcare? Do you realize if we aim to “perfect” healthcare we will bankrupt the planet long before we arrive at that nirvana and still not live forever. Other industries are run by managers. We are not ruining ourselves on the higher costs of cars, food, and aerospace. Healthcare? Well, you know. Life is bigger than doctors. But it’s hard for doctors to understand that.

  • Guest

    By contrast, most replacement joints are positioned with a handheld hammer. It’s both an art and science, and no doubt benefits from better tools.

  • Bernie Supporter

    Kudos to Reston Hospital. Not just for this procedure but for trying to keep pace with the future of health care. As people live longer, these technologies will become more and more important.


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