SMH Puts ROSA the Knee Robot to Work

SMH Puts ROSA the Knee Robot to Work

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Recently FDA-approved Robotic Surgical Assistant Offers Greater Precision, Customization for Knee Replacement Patients

SARASOTA (Sept. 25, 2019) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) welcomed a new member to its orthopedic surgery team today: ROSA, the knee robot. ROSA, which stands for Robotic Surgical Assistant, adds another layer of technical expertise to the health system’s growing robotics program.

With ROSA by their side, SMH’s leading orthopedic surgeons Edward Stolarski, MD, and Sean Dingle, MD, performed two robotic total knee-replacement cases and were working on a third in separate procedures today. The patients — a 66-year-old North Port man, a 72-year-old Englewood man and a 73-year-old Venice woman — all came to SMH with debilitating pain from degenerative knee disease. Using ROSA’s computerized algorithm, the patients each received a new, precisely formulated and placed joint designed to promote natural movement and eliminate grinding bone-on-bone pain. 

Drs. Stolarski and Dingle used ROSA’s specialized 3D imaging software to create custom surgical plans based on each patient's unique anatomy and to conduct virtual knee replacements ahead of the surgeries. The computerized platform provides real-time intraoperative data to help surgeons assess the bones and soft tissues of the knee during the procedure and — with guidance from ROSA — to precisely cut and position the new knee for optimal performance, flexibility and longevity. 

“ROSA combines previous technologies in a versatile, new platform that complements each surgeon’s clinical expertise and decision-making with the latest computer-aided tools and technology to achieve the best outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Stolarski, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Orthopedic Surgery division.

“ROSA does not perform the actual surgery, but the robotic interface offers an additional layer of intelligence and information that has the potential to influence our surgical decisions and patient outcomes,” said Dr. Dingle.

Manufactured by Zimmer Biomet, the ROSA knee robot earned clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January and has since been acquired by about 30 hospitals with high-volume orthopedic programs in the United States. Sarasota Memorial’s orthopedic surgery team, recognized among the nation’s highest performers for knee and hip replacements, is the second in Florida to complete training and begin using ROSA in the operating room.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 
Sarasota Memorial is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. In 2019, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recognized its flagship Sarasota Memorial Hospital among the Top 10 Florida hospitals for hip/knee replacement surgery and Top 100 nationally for the lowest complication rates among Medicare patients. The hospital also was recognized among the nation’s high performers for hip/knee replacements and specialized orthopedic care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 Best Hospitals edition. 


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