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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - Mercy Iowa City introduces advanced robotic-assisted technology for knee replacement surgery

Mercy Iowa City has introduced a new robotic-assisted surgery tool with the goal to get patients back to their normal routines with faster recovery times.

Mercy Iowa City now offers the VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution, the latest advancement that helps surgeons perform knee replacement surgery that is tailored to each individual patient. The technology aids surgeons with the use of data based on each patient’s anatomy, designed to help ensure predictable results to improve outcomes, increase mobility and help patients recover faster.

Mercy Iowa City has been recognized with a Blue Distinction Center+ designation in the areas of hip, knee and spinal surgery, showing dedication to delivering high quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

“Bringing this state-of-the-art technology to Mercy Iowa City continues our tradition of being an orthopedic care leader in eastern Iowa,” said Mike Trachta, acting Mercy Iowa City president and CEO. “Our focus is on delivering high quality care to our patients, and by offering this robotic-assisted technology for orthopedics we are supporting patients’ access to better care, faster recovery and a lower risk of complications.”

Mercy Iowa City, in partnership with Steindler Orthopedic Clinic, will have this technology available for patients beginning in September.

Important Safety Information

The performance of knee replacements depends on age, weight, activity level, and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have knee replacement surgery. Only an orthopedic surgeon can determine if knee or hip replacement is required based on an individual patient's condition


About Mercy Iowa City

Mercy Iowa City is an acute care hospital and regional referral center for southeast Iowa. Mercy has received: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) 5 Star Rating as a Top 2% of all hospitals for the 5th consecutive year, the only hospital in Iowa to do so; the Fortune IBM/Watson Health 100 Top Hospital ranking; the accredited Chest Pain Center with the American Heart Association Gold Plus Achievement Award for Stroke Care; the Top 100 Community Hospitals Award in 2018 and 2019 from Becker’s Review; the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Mercy’s Emergency Care Unit by achieving 95 percent for patient experience for 13 consecutive years; and the Center of Distinction Award from Healogics for Mercy’s Wound and Vein Center. Mercy has 234 acute care beds, 25 private rooms for outpatient surgery, a 26-bed nursery with Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 28 primary and specialty care clinics, a medical staff of 250 physicians representing all major medical specialties and most subspecialties, and 1,350 employees. It was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1873 and became an affiliate of MercyOne in 2017. To learn more visit www.mercyiowacity.org