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Delta Health introduces new robotic-assisted ROSA Knee System

Feb 8, 2021News

Delta, CO (February 8, 2021) – Orthopedic surgeons and the medical staff at Delta Health (Delta Health) introduced the new Zimmer Biomet’s ROSA® Knee System, a robotically-assisted surgical system designed to help perform total knee replacement surgery with increased efficiency and easy-to-integrate technology.

“I think ROSA Knee is going to be a great advantage to our community to offer a total joint replacement for specialty or difficult joints that are painful and stiff,” said Douglas Huene, M.D. for Delta Health’s Grand Mesa Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. “It will allow us to do a better alignment on the joint and have a better function so patients can return to their activities faster and can have less pain and better long-term outcomes.”

As the only ROSA Knee robotically-assisted surgical system available on the Western Slope of Colorado, Delta Health gave their staff a sneak peak of the system February 2.  Employees spoke with representatives about the new technology and saw the machine.

“The ROSA System is a great addition to Delta Health,” said Matt Heyn, President and Chief Executive Officer for Delta Health. “We are modernizing our practice when it comes to robotic-assisted surgeries to give our patients remarkable care in a healing environment that our community can trust.”

The ROSA Knee System includes features to assist with bone resections and assessing the state of soft tissues to facilitate implant positioning intraoperatively. Data provided by ROSA Knee assists with complex decision-making and enables surgeons to use computer and software technology to control and move surgical instruments, allowing for greater precision and flexibility during procedures.

It may be recommended for those patients needing total knee replacements when more conservative treatment options failed to provide relief. The robotic technology works by still having the surgeon present in the operating room and making all of the decisions throughout the surgery.

During the procedure, ROSA Knee uses a camera and optical trackers attached to the patient’s leg to know exactly where the knee is in space. It is similar to a very detailed global positioning system (GPS).

“Total joint surgery at Delta Health has been greatly enhanced with the acquisition of the ROSA Knee robot-assisted navigation system,” said John Knutson, M.D. for Delta Orthopedics. “This is a system that allows orthopedic surgeons to accurately verify alignment and stability. This system puts us on par with other centers of excellence that offer a joint replacement.”

ROSA Knee also allows surgeons to objectively measure soft tissue and virtually conduct the knee replacement before performing any surgeries. The flexible 2D x-rays are transformed into digital, 3D replications of the patient’s anatomy and a plan is created and displayed based on the patient’s unique anatomy.

“The surgeons here at Delta Health are now certified with the ROSA Knee System and they’ve already been using it,” said Huene. “We expect to improve the results that we’re already getting which are excellent. The ROSA Knee System is going to keep our patients active with minimal to no pain so they can resume their normal activities without restrictions.”

For more information on the ROSA Knee System, contact your Delta County Orthopedic specialist: Grand Mesa Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at or 970.874.4399 and Delta Orthopedics at or 970.399.4200.

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