Surgeon Hits Milestone of Completing 350 Robotic Surgeries

Wayne Memorial Hospital and The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia are celebrating a recent milestone of one of their partner physicians, Dr. Matthew Valosen. He recently completed his 350throbotic surgery using the Stryker Mako System.

Although the surgeon actually performs the procedure, and controls the robotic arm used in these procedures, the robotic arm affords increased precision of the installation of the new joint and aids in quicker recovery for the patient. This feature enables surgeons to perform total knee replacements with a higher level of accuracy and customization for the patients. “It’s exciting to be on the cutting edge of technology and see the end result of bringing that technology to rural Southeast Georgia,” Dr Valosen said. “Until recently, most patients may have felt that they needed to travel 1-2 hours to large metropolitan areas to have this this type of procedure because of the equipment those hospitals had. Our own local citizens have now been able to receive that same level of care much closer to home, and without the travel time involved. It’s all about what’s best for the patient. And I’m happy to be a part in their journey of healing.”

Hospital Operating Room Director Heather Elliott shared, “The number of completed surgeries using the system comes as no surprise to us at Wayne Memorial, since the demand for joint replacements has been steadily rising the past few years and is expected to rise in future years.”

The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia provides comprehensive orthopedic care using the most technologically advanced equipment. Featuring on-site x-ray services, open MRIs accredited by the American College of Radiology, and six healthcare providers, BJI serves over 18 Southeast Georgia counties with offices in Jesup, Baxley, Hinesville, and Waycross.