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Covenant Medical Center uses robotic technology making surgeries more efficient and accurate

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Covenant Medical Center  is using robots to perform knee and hip replacement surgeries. They have even crested the 500th mark. Orthopedic surgeons use it daily and said it improves surgery practices and speeds up patient recovery.

"With Mako robotics we can do a partial knee replacement, a total knee replacement and also a total hip replacement," said Dr. David Shephard, an orthopedic surgeon at Covenant Medical Center.

Compared to a traditional hip or knee replacement procedure, robotic assisted Arthroplasty provides real time feedback and data to help optimize limb alignment, it also optimizes the balance of the soft tissue.

"This procedure is less invasive to the soft tissues it allows us to balance those tissue without creating as much damage," said Shephard. "It allows us to occupy the space in the knee without stretching the ligaments or creating more trauma to the ligaments."

What essentially determines a successful outcome after a hip or knee replacement all depends on the physical placement of the implant. They're designed to be placed in a specific angle and location, with the robotic navigation system surgeons are able hit that 98 percent accuracy rate. Covenant Medical Center currently has two of these Mako robots improving productivity and efficiency on a busy day of surgery.

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