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Robot technology used for joint replacements

Baptist Health medical centers in North Little Rock and Little Rock have the Mako Robot and began using it Monday. (KATV Photo)

Baptist Health is offering new robotic technology for joint replacement procedures.

It's the first and only hospital in Central Arkansas to offer robotic-arm assisted total knee, partial knee, and total hip replacements.

Baptist Health medical centers in North Little Rock and Little Rock have the Mako Robot and began using it Monday.

"Certainly we do a good job with total knee replacements with standard techniques. However, with this device, it makes it more accurate, and I can customize the cuts to put the implant in to fit it more precise for your own knee, " a doctor explained.

Total knee replacements in the U.S. are expected to rise by 673 percent over the next 10 years.

Primary hip replacements are estimated to increase by 174 percent.

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