Des Peres Hospital Unveils New Robot-Assisted Knee Operation

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Des Peres Hospital is the first in the St. Louis area to perform a new type of knee operation.

It’s a minimally invasive procedure called MAKOplasty, partial knee resurfacing for people who have mid-stage osteoarthritis and are not in need of a total knee replacement.

“People are coming in and only wearing out the inside of their knee and the only treatment option we had was replacing the entire knee,” Des Peres orthopedic surgeon Dr. Matthew Bradley said.

“We kind of designed this procedure utilizing a robot which we can go in and only replace a half of a knee,” he added. “The advantage to it is that you’re only in the hospital overnight and you’re really back to work and back to normal activities after about two weeks time frame.”

For comparison, total knee replacements generally involve three to four days in the hospital followed by up to two months of rehab.

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