Helping A Surgeon’s Hand
Animas High School junior Bryce Ward experiments with a surgical robot on a model knee joint at Animas Surgical Hospital. The MAKOplasty Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System uses infrared light to help surgeons resurface bones in the knees and hips. Bryce is the daughter of Blake Ward and Lauren Nelson.
Mistakes are usually not encouraged in school, but as Animas High School students took turns using a robotic arm to grind away the surface of a model knee joint, surgeons encouraged them to take off more “bone” than planned.
When the students tried to press too hard or move outside of the designated area, the MAKOplasty Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System stopped turning.
“It won’t let you color outside the lines,” said Dr. Gareth Hammond, an orthopedic surgeon at Animas Surgical Hospital.