First MAKOplasty® Knee Surgery at San Francisco Surgery Center Gets Patient Up and Walking One and a Half Hours After Procedure

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St. Helena Hospital's Coon Joint Replacement Institute's orthopedic surgeon John H. Velyvis, M.D., performed San Francisco's Surgery Center's first outpatient, robotic- assisted partial knee replacement surgery on a 64 year-old patient from Alaska who was up and walking one and a half hours after the procedure.

On April 5, 2011, St. Helena Hospital's Coon Joint Replacement Institute's (http://www.napavalleyjointcare.org) orthopedic surgeon John H. Velyvis, M.D., performed San Francisco's Surgery Center's first outpatient, robotic- assisted partial knee replacement surgery on a 64 year-old patient from Alaska who was up and walking one and a half hours after the procedure.

The new MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing surgery resurfaces the damaged area without compromising the healthy bone and tissue surrounding it. Taking less than one hour, this minimally invasive procedure offers a smaller incision and a faster, less painful recovery than traditional knee replacement surgery.

The surgery was done in cooperation with Dr. Kevin R. Stone, who specializes in biological approaches to joint replacement. With this surgery, many patients are up on their feet the same day.

"Motion is life, it helps us to define ourselves," says Dr. Velyvis. "A loss of mobility is often viewed as a loss of freedom and independence. As an orthopedic surgeon, and a member of the St. Helena Coon Joint Replacement Institute surgical team, my goal is to restore a patient's mobility and the freedom to perform the activities that make life enjoyable, employing the smallest amount of surgery for the maximum return of function and well-being.

With a combination of precision and technique, Dr. Velyvis is able to resurface the damaged portion of the joint with little or no insult to the muscle and tendon, thus minimizing postoperative pain and immobility. The surgery is performed with a regional anesthetic and light sedation to minimize post anesthesia side affects.

With degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard University and Medicine from Columbia University, Dr. Velyvis is especially well-suited for this precise surgery known as the MAKOplasty® procedure. He specializes in minimally invasive knee surgery, and is highly regarded for his expertise in this robotic assisted surgery. In 2010, The Coon Joint Replacement Institute performed over 1,000 surgeries, making it home to the top two highest volume robotic joint replacement surgeons in the western United States.

Dr. Velyvis joins Dr. Thomas Coon, who co-developed the highly specialized implants used in the surgery, and Dr. Adam Freedhand, the first surgeon in Napa Valley to introduce the anterior approach to total hip replacement. This pioneering team of surgeons is recognized for its contributions to advancing the art and science of knee and hip joint replacement, a reputation distinguished by its high volume of surgical experience that spans decades. With offices in San Francisco's Marina District and Napa Valley, they are at St. Helena Hospital Coon Joint Replacement Institute to help you live younger longer.™

About St. Helena Hospital: With its many innovative wellness programs and other top quality health care services, including the Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center and St. Helena Coon Joint Replacement institute, St. Helena Hospital, situated in the heart of the Napa Valley, is one of the nation's premier health care destinations. The hospital serves its local communities with comprehensive medical care, including cancer, cardiovascular and behavioral health. For more information, visit http://www.sthelenahospital.org.

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