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Congressman tries his hand at robotic knee surgery

Congressman Jeff Denham tried his hand at MAKOplasty Robotic-Assisted Surgery last week at Doctors Hospital in Manteca.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin/

POSTED August 26, 2013 12:23 a.m.

Congressman Jeff Denham was introduced to the $1.2 million MAKOplasty robotic system at Doctors Hospital of Manteca to learn how easy it is to navigate the robotic arm to perform a partial knee replacement.

Wearing blue hospital scrubs, Denham and his district director Bob Rucker were welcomed by the DHM leadership team into the hospital’s surgery suite to experience first-hand a surgeon’s role in the state-of-the-art orthopedic procedure.

“We were thrilled and honored to host Congressman Denham at Doctors Hospital of Manteca.  It was very clear that he was interested in the investments we are making to improve the quality of healthcare in our community,” DHM CEO Nicholas Tejeda said.

An almond farmer by profession, Congressman Denham trumpeted at the end of the operation on a plastic knee, “This technique makes it so easy – even a farmer can do it.”

Asked what the burring tool felt like in his hand, he replied, “There was a little vibration, but it wasn’t letting me get outside the (computer-controlled) registration area.”

Denham said he was pleased to see the Manteca hospital has such advanced technology.

The Turlock Republican said he would be going back to Washington right after Labor Day to work on finishing the Farm Bill.

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