Tennessee ASC marks first total knee replacement surgery

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The Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee Surgery Center completed its first total knee replacement surgery, according to a statement from Regent Surgical Health.

The milestone paves the way for the Franklin, Tenn.-based ambulatory surgery center to perform joint replacements in an outpatient setting, the statement said.  

Cory Calendine, MD, completed the operation on a woman with arthritis, the statement said. Dr. Calendine cited Stryker's Mako surgical robot, used to plan and execute the surgery, as a strength of the center's total joint replacement program.

"At the ASC, the procedure itself took just over an hour and the patient was in our facility maybe two or three hours after that," Dr. Calendine said in a statement.

Total or partial knee replacement surgeries are common, with more than 600,000 people undergoing the procedure annually, the statement said. That number is expected to grow 3.48 million by 2030.

Read the full statement from Regent Surgical Health.

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