Franklin County Medical Center acquires R2Knee2 robot

Dr. Gregory J. Hicken an orthopedic surgeon who practices both in Logan at FCMC explains the advantages of having the robot for knee surgery.

Franklin County Medical Center (FCMC) in Preston, Idaho introduced their orthopedic robot recently at a meeting held at the Sports Medicine building located at 53 South Main Street.

The new orthopedic surgical hand system can help perform more precise and accurate partial and total knee replacement surgeries.

Dr. Gregory J. Hicken, an orthopedic surgeon who practices both in Logan and at FCMC, talked about the advantages of having the robot for knee surgery. The surgical robot was affectionately named R2Knee2.

When FCMC brought the system on board this summer they held a contest to name the NAVIO orthopedic surgical system. Tracy Jensen, a member of the FCMC marketing team, says over 70 names for the machine were entered from the Franklin County community with a final name, R2Knee2 (submitted by Gina Cooper) chosen as the winner.

“It is unusual for a hospital this size to have a robot of this kind,” Hicken said. “Being able to offer partials, revisions, and total knee replacement surgeries in one place is something I’ve sought to bring to FCMC.”

He said it is the only surgical robot like it in Cache Valley.

Hicken said knee surgeries in the U.S. are projected to increase every year. Darin Dransfield, FCMC CEO, has high hopes for the new surgical tool.

“With robotic-assisted technology it means we can offer a level of higher surgical care and more types of orthopedic services to our rural community,” Dransfield said. “That means not having to drive 40 minutes to an hour for appointments, pre-op or follow-up care. Everything can be done here, closer to home.”

The new orthopedic surgical system can help surgeons perform more precise and accurate partial and total knee replacement surgeries.

A surgeon can collect and register patient-specific anatomic data which the system uses to create a real-time, digital, 3D model of the patient’s knee.

This layer of planning is designed to enable accurate implant placement and ligament balancing to achieve optimal patient outcomes. The system does not require a pre-operative CT-scan.

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