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The latest addition to robotic-assisted surgery made its debut at Kearney Regional Medical Center on Monday.

Bev Muller of Kearney was the first patient at Kearney Regional Medical Center to receive Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Hip Replacement Surgery using the Stryker Mako robot. The surgery was performed by Dr. Ryan DeBlis, a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon at New West Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery.

Muller met Dr. DeBlis on July 17th after being referred by a family physician for total hip surgery. In talking with the surgeon, Muller learned Dr. DeBlis would soon be utilizing this type of robotic-assisted surgery at Kearney Regional Medical Center and insisted on utilizing this technology at her preferred medical care facility.

Muller and her husband, Gordon, had both received care at Kearney Regional Medical Center previously. “There’s a difference between being a medical service facility and (just) a medical facility. What they’ve established there is special. They have the most compassionate staff I’ve ever met—they go the second and third mile for you,” said Muller.

Muller was also familiar with Stryker after researching the company many years ago as a part of a local investment club. The company’s proven track record, coupled with today’s advantages of robotic-assisted surgery versus traditional laparoscopic surgery, appealed greatly to her.

Robotic-arm assisted surgery is a new approach to joint replacement that offers the potential for a higher level of patient-specific implant alignment and positioning. The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon controlled robotic-arm that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy.

Following her surgery on August 12th, Muller was in good spirits and already up and walking with the help of a walker. Muller also sang the praises of her post-operative care team: “I just can’t say enough good things about them.”

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