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Jewish Hospital using robotic surgery to improve hip replacement procedures

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Surgeons at Jewish Hospital perform hip replacement surgery assisted by a robotic arm. Surgeons at Jewish Hospital perform hip replacement surgery assisted by a robotic arm.
Dr. Arthur Malkani describes robotic surgery as part video game, part GPS. Dr. Arthur Malkani describes robotic surgery as part video game, part GPS.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A medical breakthrough involving robotic surgery in Louisville is helping pain ridden patients get back on their feet faster. 

Michael Hagedorn enjoyed hunting, fishing and all things nature. Until what once brought him peace turned to pain.

Arthritis and age led Hagedorn to two hip replacements in the last three years. He says the pain was "like someone's stabbing you in the hip continuously every time you move."

The second surgery was a little different. 

Hagedorn was one of the first patients at Jewish Hospital to undergo hip replacement where surgeons used a robotic arm. Dr. Arthur Malkani describes it as part video game, part GPS. Software takes a 3D-scan of the patient's body, then the robot does the driving, guiding the doctor's hands at the controls. 

"I'm getting real time info on the patient's anatomy so it means I can put the parts in just perfect for the patient," Malkani explained. "I know interoperably what size I need before the surgery. I have info I've never had before. "

The robotic arm is so precise that if Malkani ventures off track, the robot shuts down. 

Malkani says it's taking the guesswork and trauma out of hip replacement procedures. 

"We can restore the leg length, minimize dislocations and improve outcomes," Malkani said. 

And improved outcomes means a faster recovery: some patients walk without a cane in two weeks. 

Robotic surgery is not new to medicine, but is just emerging in orthopedics. 

"We have a long way to go in places we have not developed yet like shoulders and spine," Malkani said. 

In any case, for Hagedorn, it's a big step in the right direction. 

"I am anxious to get back to hunting and fishing," he said. 

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