Richmond, VA  — HCA Virginia’s John Randolph Medical Center now offers robotic-assisted joint replacement procedures for patients, expanding healthcare options and improving patient outcomes in the Tri-Cities area. The hospital’s first robot is an advancement in care for patients with hip and knee arthritis, offering less invasive procedures and faster recoveries to the community.

“We have brought state-of-the-art technology to the hospital for our local population,” said Dr. Rupal Patel, orthopedic surgeon and medical director of John Randolph Medical Center’s joint replacement service. “Robotic-assisted hip and knee replacement surgery uses advanced technology, which helps the surgeon provide consistent and reproducible outcomes for joint replacements.”

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Vamsi Singaraju said that the ability to combine a surgeon’s experience with robotic precision makes the new robot an invaluable tool for joint replacement. The technology incorporates a preoperative 3D model CT scan that not only enables accurate alignment, but also allows the surgeon to create a personalized joint replacement surgical plan for each patient. 

“Hip and knee replacements are complex surgeries that require precise cuts, accurate component sizing and positioning of artificial joint components to optimize soft tissue balance, range of motion, and function,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Niraj Kalore. “An experienced surgeon can use the robot as a high precision tool to improve the accuracy and repeatability of surgical steps, which then translates into excellent surgical outcome for patients.”

Benefits of robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery include a quicker recovery, reduced hospital stay, less pain and scarring, and faster regaining of motion and function. To learn more about this new technology at John Randolph Medical Center, visit our orthopedic care page.

About HCA Virginia Health System

As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 27 outpatient centers, five freestanding emergency rooms and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. The private hospital system is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $105.7 million in charity and uncompensated care, and pays $88.9 million in taxes annually. HCA Virginia hospitals include Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, LewisGale Hospitals, Reston Hospital Center, StoneSprings Hospital Center and Dominion Hospital.