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Cutting Edge

By Diane Hageman


ike many industries, health care is undergoing rapid change. We regularly hear about advances in technology and medical

Health care providers are using the latest in technology to serve and connect with patients.

improvements, but there are also changes in the way health care providers interact with patients and the general public -- much of which has occurred in the last 10 years.

Robotics Orthopedic surgery has seen significant strides through the use of robotics. Since 2004, St. Cloud Orthopedics’ surgeons have been pioneers in using computer-assisted devices for joint replacements. Dr. Joseph Nessler uses Mako®, Robotic-Arm Assisted technology, for total-hip, total-knee and partial-knee replacements. The technology allows Nessler to create a 3-D model of the hip or knee location to pre-plan the surgery. Through a CAT scan and the 3-D modeling, Nessler simulates the patient’s knee or hip on the screen and maps out

the procedure using infra-red cameras that help with the placement of the new joint. “There is never a surprise,” Nessler said. “This technology helps improve the actual function of the hip with a more exact position. The patients gain more strength and range of motion when we use the robotics.” The results are impressive. Nationally, the dislocation rate is 2.8 to 3 percent on Medicare patients. St. Cloud Orthopedics is less than one quarter of a percent. Four of the six Mako® robots in use in the state are CONTINUED ON PAGE 46 >>

Holistic Healing for Joint Pain Isn’t it nice to have options? At St. Cloud Orthopedics, we’re dedicated to treating your joint pain in the way that’s best for you, whether that be through physical therapy, injections, minimally-invasive surgery, or Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative Medicine uses your body’s own stem cells to empower your natural healing process. And because it’s administered by our musculoskeletal experts, your health is in the best hands possible. Wondering if it’s right for you? Call today for a consultation, and start living better.

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January/February 2018  
January/February 2018  

St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Business Central Magazine