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Flagstaff Elementary School Students Name Northern Arizona Healthcare’s New Orthopedic Surgical Robot

MAKO Robot R2Knee2

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The Northern Arizona Healthcare Orthopedic And Spine Institute recently challenged elementary school students in Flagstaff to assist in naming Flagstaff Medical Center’s Surgical Robot. The winning name was announced Friday, October 22nd at the robot-naming party held outside of Flagstaff Medical Center. The winning name for the robot, “R2-Knee2,” was created by a first-grade class from BASIS Flagstaff, and a third-grade class from San Francisco de Asis Catholic School. Flagstaff Medical Center is the first facility in northern Arizona to offer robot-assisted surgery for total knee, partial knee, and total hip replacements with Stryker’s Mako System. With the help of a robot in the operating room, both surgery and recovery for a patient will be much quicker. A second Mako robot has recently been installed and is now being used at Verde Valley Medical Center.

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Paige Daniels