Blacksburg, VALewisGale Hospital Montgomery is the first hospital in the Commonwealth to offer cutting-edge technology to patients throughout Virginia who are suffering from knee pain. John Velyvis, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, performed the first CT-free, robotics-assisted, full-knee replacement in Virginia using a new, state-of-the-art surgical system recently.

The system incorporates hand-held robotics and 3D images of the patient's knee, enabling the surgeon to collect patient-specific information and produce an individualized plan based on each patient's unique anatomy. Working in conjunction with the surgeon's skilled hands, the system achieves precise positioning of components during surgery, providing an added level of accuracy that can help improve the function, feel, and potential longevity of the knee implant.

Dr. Velyvis has performed more than 1,000 other robotics-assisted surgeries throughout the U.S. over the last decade. "With the robotics-assisted system, we are achieving a greater level of accuracy and precision than ever before," Velyvis says. "Using this method shortens recovery time, decreases complications, and provides patients with increased mobility at work and during leisure activities for many years following the surgery."

"Dr. Velyvis's expertise, combined with being the first in the state to introduce this innovative technology, is further evidence of our commitment to patient care in the New River Valley," says Alan Fabian, CEO of LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.