KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT)--For doctors at Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center, they've thrown away the scalpel in favor of a mouse and a robot.
Just in time for Clara Hitson, her knee had given out.
"The pain had gotten really bad, i was wearing a knee brace."
The diagnosis, a torn meniscus, an area that acts as a stabilizer to help the knee move back and forth
But instead of the usual arthroscopic procedure
Clara was treated to a revolutionary million dollar device robotic device called MAKOplasty.
Ray Powers of MAKOplasty Surgical told Local 8 News,"We'll make a 3 dimensional model of the patients anatomy in the computer, we can do surgery in virtual reality.
"The computer can generate a 3 dimensional model, move in any direction and see exactly our implant.
"Once we get this loaded, the surgeon can then decide exactly where he wants to put his implants."
It's now being used for everything from relieving osteoarthritis, resurfacing knees, partial knee replacement to full hip replacements.
Dr. David Hovis said, "It's changed what I've done in my practice with these patients, I'm certainly hoping it is the future for us in terms of applying it to other joints as well."
Clara Hitson wouldn't have it any other way.
"Just to manipulate my walking it was gone, the sharp pain was gone."
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