New robotic surgery equipment revealed at ValleyCare

ValleyCare is the only health system in the area with a Mako robot, which is used in orthopedic surgeries

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Robots are now in a local hospital to work on patients.

Representatives from ValleyCare Health System of Ohio were at Northside Hospital Friday to demonstrate the two surgical robots, Da Vinci and Mako.

ValleyCare is the only health system in the area with a Mako robot, which is used in orthopedic surgeries. It’s primary use is in keen and hip replacement and surgical procedures.

According to the manufacturer’s product literature, the equipment is composed of a tactile robotic arm, a patient specific visualization component and auditory feedback, that, when integrated with the touch and feel of the surgeon’s hand,provides reproducible precision for both partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement surgeries.

“As far as patient satisfaction, there should be less pain,” said Tanya Gologram, assistant nurse manager. “They will go home much quicker, and it is just a positive situation for the patient. That is what we are here for.”

It takes about three to four months to train surgeons on the robots.

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