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Baton Rouge General Hospital, pictured here in November 2017.

Baton Rouge General launched new robotic surgery technology this week designed to help perform knee surgery, the hospital announced, with a physician becoming the first in Baton Rouge to use the equipment. 

Dr. Jared Braud and Dr. Niels Linschoten became the first physicians to use the technology, which Baton Rouge General said is exclusive to the hospital. The doctors used it to perform knee replacement surgery.

Stryker's Mako Robotic Assisted Surgical System gives surgeons more accuracy when placing implants and customizes surgical plans based on a patient's bone anatomy and diagnosis, BRG said. 

“The Mako system creates a 3D model of the patient’s knee, allowing us to personalize each surgical plan,” said Braud, of the Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic. “This technology gives us a higher degree of accuracy and precision while we guide the robotic arm, and at the same time offers the patient a customized knee replacement.”

Knee replacements are one of the most common procedures in the U.S. and are expected to increase by nearly 700 percent by 2030, BRG said in a news release.