ST. VINCENT CHARITY PHYSICIAN FIRST TO UTILIZE BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY FOR HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY

5/2/2017

Cleveland, Ohio (May 2, 2017) – St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Dr. Bernard Stulberg recently became the first orthopedic surgeon in the nation to utilize the newly released TSolution One active robotic system to perform total hip replacement surgery.  This revolutionary technology, which enables a surgeon-controlled robot to cut the bone to precise shape and position, is expected to increase the accuracy of hip implant placement and improve long-term outcomes for patients.

With the TSolution One Surgical System, the only active robotic system cleared by the FDA for total hip replacement, surgeons create an exact 3-D computer model of the patient’s hip anatomy prior to surgery.  After verifying the model, surgeons are able to develop a customized surgical plan, selecting the ideal implant size, fit and position for each individual patient.  Once finalized, the pre-operative plan is transferred to the robotic system, where under the surgeon’s direct control, the bone cavities and joint surface are machined and positioned to sub-millimeter and less than one degree accuracy. 

“This technology could be a game changer for orthopedic surgery,” Dr. Stulberg said.  “Advancing and combining previous surgical technologies with improved imaging capability allows surgeons to develop a patient-specific and unique surgical plan prior to surgery. The plan is then executed with the level of precision that only robotics can offer.  That means more accurate placement, less post-surgical pain, and diminished early post-operative complications such as bone fracture and implant dislocation”.

While robotic technology has existed for some time to assist with orthopedic surgery, the TSolution One, developed by THINK Surgical, Inc. in consultation with Dr. Stulberg, is the only one in place in which the robot prepares the cavity for surgery.  With it, Dr. Stulberg said, he is able to create the precise cavity needed to accommodate the implant, allowing for a gentler and safer seating of the implant.  Dr. Stulberg is also leading a clinical trial for use of the TSolution One for total knee replacement surgery.  

“This precise fit creates less opportunity for movement of the implant in bone, thus assuring more predictable attachment,” he said.  “The positioning accuracy enhances the ultimate stability and loads on the implants to allow for increased longevity of the device.”

Despite the excellent overall clinical results of total hip replacement surgery, studies show more than half of all hip replacement implants may not be optimally placed in patients. This leads to instability in the hip joint, excessive wear, increased pain, and a greater risk for bone fracture and loosening. Repetitive dislocation of a hip implant is the leading cause for the need of hip revision surgery. 

Dr. Stulberg has built a reputation within the medical community for his commitment to the safe introduction of new technologies to improve patient outcomes.  Last year, he worked with one of the premier manufacturers of joint restoration products, Exactech, to develop an intuitive, modular parts system for revision total knee replacement. The system can be coupled with computer-based tools to accurately determine the causes of failure of a total knee replacement and guide correction of those abnormalities.  Dr. Stulberg became the first in the nation to utilize this new technology for his patients.  

Prior to his partnership with THINK Surgical and TSolution One, Dr. Stulberg has been working to employ computer-based technologies for hip and knee replacements since the early 1990’s. With the TSolution One robotic approach, Dr. Stulberg will lead the development of a Center for Robotics in Orthopedics with innovative colleagues Dr. Louis Keppler and Dr. Audley Mackel. This team is part of the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St Vincent Charity Medical Center. 

St. Vincent Charity is the only hospital in the Midwest currently certified to use this modern system.

###

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality healthcare provider. Our distinguished doctors and caregivers are devoted to treating every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is home to the renowned Spine and Orthopedic Institute and the Center for Bariatric Surgery. Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides Care Beyond Medicine. For more information, visit www.stvincentcharity.com. 

THINK Surgical, Inc. is committed to the future of orthopedic surgery and to improving patient care through the development of leading-edge precision technology. THINK Surgical develops, manufactures, and markets the only active robotic surgical system for orthopedic surgery.

 

Media Contact

Rebecca L. Gallant

P: 216-696-8408

Media Resources view materials

Events see full calendar

See Calendar of Events

Publications view publications

Blog Posts From

Mercy Medical Center again verified as a Level II Trauma Center by American College of Surgeons

The Trauma Center at Mercy Medical Center Emergency Services has again been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes Mercy’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.[More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care

Foundations host 14th annual women religious conference

The Sisters of Charity Foundations of South Carolina and Cleveland recently hosted more than 80 participants, including 60 women religious from seven states, at the 14th annual Collaboration for Ministry Initiative (CMI) Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Five sisters from the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CSA) Sisters attended the conference.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Foundations, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine

The Heart of Regina Health Center: Sister Rosemarie Robinson, OP, set the stage more than 25 years ago

Regina Health Center (RHC) has been celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2018. The most recent issue of "The Heart of Regina Health Center" newsletter documented some of those celebrations and has been providing a history of RHC. Sister Rosemarie Robinson, OP, was one of many who helped lay the foundation for RHC more than a quarter century ago and is now a resident at RHC. Her story and much more appears in the fall newsletter.[More]

tags: Regina Health Center, health care

Mercy Service League’s 2018 Harvest Ball raises funds to purchase more germ-zapping robots

Mercy Service League held its 2018 Harvest Ball on October 20 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center Auditorium, raising more than $280,000 with proceeds benefiting the purchase of two Xenex LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping Robots™ for Mercy Medical Center. Nearly 400 guests attended this year’s Harvest Ball, Amore Amalfi, a vintage Italian-inspired evening.[More]

tags: Mercy Medical Center, health care

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina welcomes Nuns on the Bus tour

The Nuns on the Bus tour is making its way across America and recently stopped in South Carolina, where staff from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina joined them, U.S. Rep Jim Clyburn and more for a roundtable discussion about the challenges facing South Carolinians as well as the state’s assets.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Foundations