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Understanding Your Knee Replacement with the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution

Every knee is different, as is every patient requiring a knee replacement procedure.

A knee replacement is a procedure performed to fix the damaged parts of a knee with different types of implants. Advanced technology like robotic-assisted devices can help your surgeon perform a precise knee replacement surgery personalized for your specific anatomy.

The VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution assists your surgeon in optimizing surgical outcomes. It does this by using intra-operative data that’s unique to you. Your surgeon utilizes the technology during your procedure to enhance the accuracy and precision of your knee replacement to help you start moving again.

How does the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution work?

This solution is designed to:

  • Aid your surgeon by accessing state-of-the-art technology to provide insights for real time decision making
  • Help your surgeon remove the damaged bone with accuracy. This robotic-assisted device does not move or operate on its own.
  • Use an infrared camera and optical trackers to help your surgeon gather the necessary data about your anatomy to achieve a high level of precision.

The VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution works exclusively with the ATTUNE™ Knee System. The ATTUNE Knee System has been provided to over 1 million patients worldwide and is designed to deliver a greater range of motion and faster recovery, so you can get back to living the life you want to live.

Doctors at the Athens-Limestone Medical Tower are equipped with specialized training to employ this robotic technology during surgical procedures.

Among the skilled physicians who utilize this robotic-assisted surgical solution are: Patrick Boyett, DO, Eric Stanford, DO, and William D. Lawrence, DO. These doctors have undergone comprehensive training to operate the robotic system effectively, ensuring the best possible outcomes for patients undergoing knee replacement surgery.

“I found the robot to be very accurate in its ability to size and provide precise bone prep. It also provides an objective way to measure knee balancing to make sure the knee has equal stability when stressed in all positions of motion. Another significant advantage is that the Robot uses landmarks that eliminate the need to open the canal of the bone which results in less trauma and post op swelling. This also in theory lessens the risk of blood clots. When you combine the advantages of the robot with avoiding use of a tourniquet, it results in a much safer recovery as well as faster recovery.”

Dr. Patrick Boyett
Patrick Boyett, DO
Eric Stanford, DO
William D. Lawrence, DO

How is robotic-assisted technology different?

Robotic-assisted knee replacement:

  • Technology controlled by the surgeon
  • May experience less pain and a faster recovery
  • More consistent outcomes (inconsistencies can affect recovery)

Traditional knee replacement:

  • Hand-held tool
  • May experience a longer recovery time
  • There may be more variability in the surgical processes and outcomes

What are the benefits of using robotic-assisted technology?

There are a number of potential benefits to using this technology for your knee replacement. During your procedure, the technology will gather details and data related to your knee to help find a favorable implant fit. Additionally, robotic-assisted technology may allow your surgeon to perform a knee replacement tailored to you, while providing both precision and accuracy during your procedure.

Robotic-assisted technology may deliver:

  • A greater range of motion (how well you can bend and flex your knee after surgery)
  • Less pain compared to traditional methods
  • Faster recovery times (reduced length of hospital stay, hospital readmissions, and health visits)

Things to Discuss with Your Surgeon before a VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution Knee Replacement

  • What type of knee replacement do you think is appropriate for my situation?

  • What are the other knee replacement techniques and technologies available? How do they compare to the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution?
  • Can knee replacement surgery help relieve my pain and stiffness?
  • What are the benefits and risks of knee replacement surgery?
  • How long will it take to recover and rehabilitate from knee replacement with the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution? And what is my role in recovery and rehabilitation?
  • If I choose to undergo technology-assisted knee replacement surgery, will I be able to resume daily activities?