It has been used at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) since September, almost immediately after coming to market. The technology is designed to help ensure more predictable results enabling orthopaedic surgeons the ability to improve outcomes and increase patients’ mobility all while allowing them to recover faster.

CRMC was selected to be one of the first facilities in the country to use the state-of-the-art technology. The robot assists orthopaedic surgeons with pre-surgical planning, intraoperative real-time feedback and the ability to verify final soft tissue tension/gap balance and overall leg alignment. This is unique to this new technology as opposed to previous robotic platforms used over the past decade. Most patients needing a knee replacement are candidates for robotic-assisted knee replacement

Fellowship-trained hip and knee reconstruction surgeon Dr. Erik Severson is one of the first orthopaedic surgeons in the nation to begin using the VELYS robotic platform and has been selected to begin training other surgeons around the country on the use of this technology.

“We’re very fortunate to have several great orthopaedic surgeons in this area and I think all of us do knee replacement surgery very well,” stated Dr. Severson. “The reason I’m excited about this particular robotic technology is because despite doing the very best we can, there is still a population of patients experiencing residual pain after what seems like a successful surgery. Our hope is that this new technology markedly decreases the percentage of patients we see that are generally unhappy with their knee replacement for reasons we’ve previously been unable to explain.”