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October 24, 2023

Bluegrass Specialty Surgery Center's 1000th MAKO™ Robot-Assisted Knee Replacement

L to R: Wallace Huff, MD; Laura Lipps, RN, BSN; Greg D'Angelo, MD; Kevin Denehy, MD

LEXINGTON, KY (October 24th, 2023) - Bluegrass Specialty Surgery Center & Bluegrass Orthopaedics would like to congratulate our team as they recently completed their 1,000th robot-assisted knee replacement using the cutting-edge MAKO SmartRobotics technology. This milestone achievement highlights the advanced expertise and dedication of the team, as well as the numerous benefits of robotic-assisted surgery.

Robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery offers unparalleled precision, reduced soft-tissue trauma, minimized post-operative pain, potential for faster recovery, improved knee function, and increased patient satisfaction. The Bluegrass Specialty Surgery Center has been at the forefront of providing innovative orthopedic care since its establishment, and this accomplishment further solidifies its position as the leader in cutting-edge orthopedics in Lexington, KY.

"Our team at Bluegrass Orthopaedics is proud to continue serving our community's orthopedic needs," said Laura Lipps, RN, BSN, administrator of the Bluegrass Specialty Surgery Center. "The completion of our 1,000th robot-assisted knee replacement is a testament to our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional patient experiences and outcomes for total joint replacement. By utilizing technology in a safe, comfortable, and convenient outpatient setting, we are able to provide the highest level of care to our patients."

"The Bluegrass Orthopaedics team is excited to pass this milestone of having performed 1,000 cases using the MAKO SmartRobotics technology. Our patients certainly benefit from our highly skilled surgeons having the most advanced tools to ensure the best care for our patients. We look forward to continuing to serve our patients into the future with the highest quality and technology available," says Senior Vice President Dean Hanlon, MS, PT.

In addition to same-day joint replacement surgery, the Bluegrass Specialty Surgery Center provides outpatient surgeries in a variety of orthopedic subspecialties, including spine, sports medicine, hand and upper extremity, and foot and ankle. Bluegrass Specialty Surgery Center and Bluegrass Orthopaedics remain dedicated to advancing the field of orthopedics and providing top-notch care for their patients. With their continued utilization of state-of-the-art technology and commitment to excellence, they are poised to continue leading the way in orthopedic surgery and patient satisfaction.


Bluegrass Specialty Surgery Center is licensed by the state of Kentucky and was established by clinical personnel to offer safe, high-quality surgical care. Patients often find that because the center specializes in outpatient surgery, there are many advantages including personalized, concierge-style care, statistically lower infection rates than traditional hospitals and the benefit of recovery in your own home.


Bluegrass Orthopaedics is the largest independent orthopedic clinic in Central Kentucky, with on-site diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of every orthopedic condition. Essentially patients are offered four businesses under one roof - physician medical office, physical therapy, MRI services and outpatient surgery. All of our physicians and physician assistants are professionally trained and are board eligible/certified. BGO wants each patient to feel like they are the center focus. To do so, we combine our commitment of being the most affordable, high quality orthopedic practice in the commonwealth. Ensuring our time-honored belief that at the core are our values, integrity, respect and compassion.


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Andrew Carlson, MBA, MS, ATC
Director of Growth & Strategy
Growth Orthopedics