Advanced Robotic Surgery Now Available at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Morristown, TN, 10/26/2023– Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System is bringing innovative robotic knee surgery technology to the Lakeway Area. This advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed.

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 189% by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 20% of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery. Morristown-Hamblen is implementing the MAKO SmartRobotics system, which uses advanced robotic technology to help surgeons have a more predictable surgical experience with increased precision and accuracy.

The new robotic surgery technology results in advanced surgical treatment planning, patients experiencing less pain, faster recovery, reduced hospital length of stay, and improved knee flexion.

Our 3D CT allows our surgeons to create a personalized plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy all before entering the operating room. During surgery, they can confirm the plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee and partial knee replacements,” said Justin Bigalke, Morristown-Hamblen Director of Surgical Services.

We are proud to bring this advanced robotic technology to the Lakeway Area,” said Gordon Lintz, Chief Administrative Officer of Morristown-Hamblen. “This addition to our orthopedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide our community with the latest technology.”

It is common for patients to try medication and other conservative treatments to treat their knee pain. If you haven’t experienced adequate relief with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for robotic surgery knee replacement, which may provide you with relief from your knee pain. If you have questions regarding robotic surgery, we encourage you to call 423-492-6026 or visit