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Onslow Memorial Hospital introduces new robotic system for knee surgeries

Onslow Memorial Hospital introduced a robotics-assisted surgical system for patients seeking knee replacements Tuesday. PRE’s Meredith Radford has details.

The CORI Surgical System has been a part of Onslow Memorial Hospital since December. According to a news release, the system uses 3D digital modeling to provide customized surgical plans for patients.

Onslow Memorial’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Spencer says the hospital has done over 10 procedures using the new system.

“We know there are improvements in recovery time. So, patients do better more quickly. And if you have a knee procedure, really, you’re trying to get back on your feet as soon as possible. You’re doing your physical rehab. That piece is definitely improved if you have a procedure with a robot.”

Spencer says patients should not see a big increase in surgery cost with the use of the new system.

While the robot is only being used for knee surgeries now, Onslow has plans to expand it to hip surgeries later this year.

For Public Radio East, I’m Meredith Radford.

Meredith Radford is a News Reporter for Public Radio East. She studied at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, Meredith is excited to cover the area and contribute to the community. When not out reporting, she enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking as well as baking.