Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital is the first hospital in Bon Secours’ Richmond market to offer total knee replacement surgeries with the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution. This advanced technology helps orthopedic surgeons perform a total knee replacement with the use of data that’s tailored to each patient’s anatomy to help ensure predictable results to improve outcomes, increase mobility and helps patients recover faster. The first surgery utilizing this new system was performed at St. Mary’s Hospital on March 21.

The VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution works in tandem with the ATTUNE® Knee System, which is an innovative knee implant designed to work more closely with an individual patient’s anatomy. The ATTUNE Knee can help increase stability and reduce pain, providing better range of motion and preventing the unstable feeling some patients experience during everyday activities, such as bending and walking up and down stairs. With these systems together, there is now an option for patients who are seeking the latest technology designed to provide digital precision in knee replacement. 

“Every patient is different, as is every knee replacement, which is why having this robotic-assisted solution that allows us to customize our treatment to our patients’ needs and improve outcomes is so exciting,” said Colin Mudrick, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Bon Secours Tuckahoe Orthopedics. “When Tuckahoe was acquired by Bon Secours, access to new resources, technology and increased efficiencies for our patients were some of our main motivators. This new total knee offering is just one example of how our patients are benefitting from being a part of the Bon Secours network.”

In 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were approximately 900,000 primary knee replacement surgeries performed in the United States. The most common reasons for a knee replacement is to alleviate knee pain or stiffness that limits everyday activities which may include difficulty walking, climbing stairs or getting in and out of bed; knee pain while in a resting position; or to relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis which often results in bone on bone or bone spurs.

Total knee replacement patients who undergo a procedure with the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution will typically be able to walk unaided and return to work and everyday activities just six weeks after surgery. After 12 weeks, patients may even perform low-impact activities such as golfing, yoga and swimming. Utilizing this advanced technology, Bon Secours is able provide patients with a personalized surgical experience and get you back to life faster. 

Bon Secours acquired Tuckahoe Orthopedics in 2021 to form Bon Secours Tuckahoe Orthopedics. The acquisition brings multiple benefits to area patients including easier sharing of electronic medical records, enhanced continuity of care, and greater access to a network of health care providers and services. Those services include MRI imaging, primary care, orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, home health and outpatient rehabilitation, along with the latest technology for spine and joint procedures. Learn more today about Bon Secours’ orthopedics services and offerings.