A Game Changer: Robotic Total Knee Replacement Debuts at Valley

A Game Changer: Robotic Total Knee Replacement Debuts at Valley

Valley has gained the distinction of being the first hospital in the U.S. to install the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution, an innovative, new tool for surgeons performing total knee replacement.

William Barrett, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Medical Director of Valley’s Joint Center explains, “Over 20 years ago we started Washington’s first Joint Center right here at Valley with the goal of improving care for patients who need total joint replacement. This is an exciting next step in that journey to innovate care even further.”

In fact, Dr. Barrett was so excited about the arrival of VELYS, watch as he takes time out on delivery day to help unload the new “kneebot” and explain why it’s such a game changer.

VELYS is particularly advanced in its ability to help surgeons precisely plan surgery tailored to each patient’s unique anatomy. It allows the surgical team to more accurately visualize and predict joint stability for the patient’s natural frame with the ultimate goal of providing the best fit possible for enhanced patient outcomes.

Valley’s OR staff learning about the new technology.

John Wagner, Vice President of Perioperative Services remarks, “Valley and Proliance Orthopedic surgeons have a long and proud history of total joint replacement excellence. Over the years, our nationally recognized program has become a destination for many who seek total joint care. The new VELYS surgical robot is the natural evolution of our innovative program and represents precision, allowing the surgeon to ensure the best fit possible for each individual. We look forward to continuing to serve our community with state-of-the-art technology led by the expertise of our remarkable surgeons and staff.”

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  1. Joan DeBry

    Thank you Dr. Barrett for everything you do! You replaced both my knees in 2013 and each hip in 2014 and 2015 respectively. You do such amazing work and now with this surgical robot I can see a new future in joint replacements!

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