Ortho Hospital to demonstrate region’s first robotic-arm assisted joint replacement surgery system


Representatives of The Orthopedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network including medical staff members from Fort Wayne Orthopedics


A special demonstration of northeastern Indiana’s first robotic-arm assisted joint replacement surgery system will be offered for members of the media as part of a training session.


Friday, Jan. 25

Noon to 12:40 p.m. – Interviews with FWO surgeon John Manalo, MD, the physician champion for this advanced system at The Orthopedic Hospital, and hands-on access to the robotic arm will be provided. 12:40 to 1 p.m. – Those assembled will have the option of donning appropriate cover to enter an OR for a short demonstration* 1 to 1:30 p.m. – A portion of a robotic-arm assisted joint replacement surgery will take place to show the system’s capabilities for hip, knee and partial knee replacements.


Please meet in the lobby of The Orthopedic Hospital, 7952 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the Lutheran Hospital campus. Free parking is available in the north parking garage, which is across from Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House and TOH’s main entrance.


Robotic-arm assisted joint replacement surgery enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.

Prior to surgery, a CT scan of the joint being replaced is uploaded into system software and a virtual 3D model is created. The orthopedic surgeon uses the virtual model to help identify details such as appropriate implant size, orientation and alignment, and then develops a precise presurgery plan.

During surgery, the orthopedic surgeon guides the robotic arm, removing diseased bone and cartilage and positioning the new implant based on the predetermined surgical plan. The system also enables the surgeon to virtually adjust the plan as needed.


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