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Olathe Medical Center adds robot-assisted orthopedic surgical system

Robotic-assisted surgery

Olathe Medical Center said it has added a robot-assisted orthopedic surgical system to help surgeons perform partial knee replacement surgeries. The hospital said may be the first in the Kansas City area to offer this advanced surgical process.

“This new technology is a game-changer in orthopedic surgery,” William Bohn, orthopedic surgeon from Johnson County Orthpedics & Sports Medicine said in a statement. “By enabling very precise and predictable results, we expect smaller incisions, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay or an outpatient procedure in some cases, and quicker recovery” when compared with traditional partial and total knee replacement processes.

Farrier convention

The American Farrier’s Association is holding its 44th annual convention in Overland Park this week. The meeting, which began Tuesday and concludes Friday, attracted about 700 professional farriers and veterinarians to the Overland Park Convention Center.

The event is expected to generate about $386,000 for the area economy, based on about 1,400 room nights used by convention-goers, Overland Park officials said.

The conference features shoeing competitions, demonstrations and educational seminars, and draws attendees from throughout the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Switzerland and Japan.

Taxpayer advocate

LeAnna Wilson of Lenexa is one of 29 new members on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a nationwide advisory committee that works with the Internal Revenue Service. The new members join 46 returning members to round out the paenl of 75 volunteers in 2015.

State of the city

Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach will present his state of the city address March 3 at the Overland Park Convention Center. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. The event costs $35 per person for members of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce; $45 for nonmembers. More information: 913-491-3600

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