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'ROSA robot' helps surgeons replace 50 knees in Ojai

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The ROSA Total Knee Replacement System 

  

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News senior reporter
Ojai Valley Community Hospital celebrated a milestone last month after performing its 50th knee replacement surgery using a new robotically assisted surgical system.
The ROSA Total Knee Replacement System — or “ROSA robot” —  enhances the total knee replacement procedure and decreases recovery times for patients, according to Dr. Thomas Golden, who completed the 50th case on Sept. 15.
The hospital became interested in ROSA after national statistics showed knee replacement patients to be among some of the most unhappy, post-operatively. “So we felt that obtaining a more perfect operation in terms of balancing and aligning the knee, which is what ROSA really does, would give us better results, and so far, it looks like it is,” Golden told the Ojai Valley News.
OVCH performed its first ROSA operation in early December, but like most hospitals statewide, ceased doing elective surgeries in the spring in preparation for a possible surge of patients due to the pandemic.
After a lull lasting a couple of months, the hospital relaunched its elective surgery program, performing 12 ROSA total knee replacements in August and a dozen more in September. Three knee replacements using the robot were performed on Sept. 29, bringing the total to 58.
The goal of the ROSA program is to provide the best surgical experience and outcome for patients, in a smaller, more intimate hospital setting. “State-of-the-art technology and some of the best orthopedic surgeons, in this tranquil environment,” said Haady Lashkari, chief administrative officer for OVCH.
Combining robotic technology with cutting-edge knee implants, the ROSA system helps doctors personalize knee replacement surgery for patients, providing greater precision and flexibility during operations.
OVCH is one of the first hospitals in the state to take delivery of a ROSA robot, and the first hospital in the Tri-counties to offer the system. “Thanks to the support of the Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation, there was a huge investment made to purchase one of these robots,” Lashkari said.
In addition to acquiring the ROSA system, the 25-bed acute care hospital recently opened a $22 million skilled nursing facility with 75 beds.
“It’s been really exciting, some of the great things we’ve been able to accomplish over the years, and certainly that includes the relaunch of surgery, specifically orthopedic surgery, with this newest technology,” Lashkari said. “We wouldn’t have gotten here if it wasn’t for the community support.”
To learn more about the ROSA robot, visit www.cmhshealth.org/rosa.

 

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