CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is now the only hospital in Southwest Louisiana offering an orthopaedic robotic system, which delivers improved precision for knee and hip replacement procedures.

 Partial knee and total hip replacement procedures are now being performed at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital with the RIO (Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System) by orthopaedic surgeons from Center for Orthopaedics (CFO), an affiliate of Imperial Health. RIO is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system from Stryker Orthopaedics that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants.

 “We want to offer our patients the highest level of orthopaedic care, and the best way to do that is to put the most advanced technology in the most experienced orthopaedic surgeons’ hands,” says Donald Lloyd II, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital CEO. “We are proud to bring this level of innovative orthopaedic care to Southwest Louisiana.”

The RIO System features a patient-specific, real-time visualization system and proprietary tactile robotic arm technology that is integrated with intelligent surgical instruments.  

 “Accuracy is key in planning and performing any type of joint replacement procedure,” says Dr. John Noble, orthopaedic surgeon.  “No two people have exactly the same anatomy. For the best outcome, we need to align and position the implants just right and RIO enables us to do that. The system ensures the greatest possible accuracy with a personalized, detailed surgical plan and robotic guidance. This precision allows for optimal placement of artificial joints and results in decreased friction on the new joint, and a more natural feeling joint for the patient.”

Over the years, incisions in orthopaedic surgery have become smaller, but Dr. Noble says the effort to use smaller incisions and cause less soft tissue trauma, also decreases visibility. “RIO’s technology restores visibility of patient anatomy.  What we’ve found is that we can actually be more precise using smaller incisions with this guided system than when using traditional, larger open incisions and surgical equipment. We can also make adjustments to within a fraction of a degree, both before and during surgery, ensuring the best possible fit for the replacement parts,” he explains.

 Dr. Noble says total joint replacement procedures have been proven to be an extremely successful way to treat patients with severe hip and knee pain caused by arthritis.  “As the population ages, the number of joint replacements will continue to increase, with active baby boomers demanding a return to their active lifestyles.  RIO enhances our ability to restore range of motion, overall function and return patients to normal activity.”   

Whether used for total hip or partial knee replacement, RIO offers the additional benefits of smaller incisions and scars, less blood loss, quicker recovery time and shorter hospital stays for patients. In cases of partial knee replacement, patients may be able to return home the same day or the next morning following surgery.  Dr. Noble says the technology was recently approved by the FDA for total knee replacement as well, and that will soon be an option available at CHRISTUS as well.

Robotic surgery may not be an option for every patient. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Center for Orthopaedics at (337) 721-7236.