Willis-Knighton Health System First in State to offer VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution for Total Knee Replacement

Aug 02, 2022

Willis-Knighton Health System has become the first health system in Louisiana to offer the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution, next-generation robotic technology for knee replacement surgery, one of the most commonly performed elective surgical procedures in the United States. It is the latest in Willis-Knighton’s impressive arsenal of robotic orthopedic technology.

Edward L. Morgan, MD, orthopedic surgeon with The Orthopaedic Clinic, performed the robotic assisted knee replacement surgery at WK Pierremont Health Center.

VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution, developed by DePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson company, helps surgeons perform a more predictable and efficient knee replacement surgery.

“The VELYS technology provides for optimum positioning of the implant, ensures the best possible fit in the surrounding soft tissue and customizes alignment and balance through a complete range of motion,” Dr. Morgan said.  “It reduces the risk of knee instability from an inaccurately positioned implant.”

Real-time data tailored to the patient’s unique anatomy is collected before and during surgery, guiding the surgeon’s decision making throughout the procedure. Ultimately, the technology is designed to optimize surgical outcomes  – to increase mobility, decrease pain and minimize recovery time. 

“Patients can confidently return to their normal, active lifestyle sooner,” Dr. Morgan said.

 Total knee replacement is a common surgery, with nearly 900,000 knee replacements performed annually in the United States.