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St. Anthony Community Hospital Now Offers Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee Replacement Surgery

St. Anthony Community Hospital, a member of WMCHealth, recently announced it now offers robotic-arm assisted total knee replacement procedures. Robotic-arm assisted surgery assists surgeons by making implant placement more precise and aligned with each patient’s unique anatomy.  This personalized precision can reduce surgical discomfort for the patient, speed recovery times and increase the longevity of the implant. 


The surgical robot’s modeling software uses X-ray data to create a three-dimensional image of the patient’s knee joint, and surgeons use this image map to build a customized plan to execute the procedure with greater accuracy.  With this personalized patient data, the surgeon uses cameras and optical trackers to guide the robotic-arm and position the implant based on the patient’s unique anatomy. 


“Technology does not replace the experience of a skilled surgeon, but it can help with exact execution in certain circumstances.  Robotic-assisted surgery is a powerful tool that helps ensure the implants are placed in just the right position to optimize the patient’s total knee replacement,” said John Hardcastle, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Director of Total Joint Replacement, St. Anthony Community Hospital.  “We know the decision to have joint replacement can be difficult for patients to make, and we believe these robotically-assisted technologies have the potential to make the decision easier.”


Community members suffering from joint pain should call (845) 987-5400 to schedule an appointment or visit for more information about the robotic-arm assisted knee replacement procedure. 


For 80 years, St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY, has served residents of Orange County, NY, and New Jersey’s Sussex and Passaic counties with outstanding and compassionate care. The 60-bed hospital is a primary resource for emergency, medical, surgical, obstetrical/gynecological and acute-care services. The comprehensive surgery program includes joint-replacement, vascular, gynecological, urological, pulmonary, ophthalmic, plastic surgery, hand, foot, same-day and general surgery. The expanding Radiology Department now offers three-dimensional mammography. Mount Alverno Center, a state-approved adult home with an assisted-living program serving 85 residents, and Schervier Pavilion, a 120-bed skilled-nursing facility dedicated to the highest standard of healthcare excellence, also are on the campus.