Robot-Assisted Orthopedic Surgery in Grayling and Traverse City

Don’t let your knees prevent you from enjoying all that Northern Michigan has to offer. If conservative treatment no longer provides the relief you’re looking for, your surgeon may recommend robot-assisted knee replacement surgery.

Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital and Munson Medical Center in Traverse City are now offering state-of-the-art ROSA robotic-assisted total knee replacement surgery. ROSA stands for Robotic Surgical Assistant and is designed to help your specially trained knee surgeon tailor the placement of your knee implant just for you.

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Robot-Assisted Orthopedic Surgeons

Michael VanWagner, DO, is performing robot-assisted orthopedic procedures for Munson Healthcare. Dr. VanWagner is a fellowship-trained surgeon who will design a personized plan that meets your specific knee or hip replacement needs.

Dr. Michael VanWagner

Michael J. VanWagner, DO
Orthopedic Surgery

“Using robot-assisted technology is a much more precise way of performing knee surgery. The robot assistant help us create and execute a custom surgical plan that’s unique to you. Bringing this technology to northern Michigan is wonderful for our community.”

Jason D. Bennett, DO is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital who is committed to excellence and patient-focused care. Patients in Grayling or surrounding communities who are considering knee surgery or require specialized orthopedic care can now benefit from Dr. Bennett's expertise in utilizing the ROSA Knee Surgery system.

Dr. Logan Hanson, Grayling Hospital

Jason D. Bennett, DO
Orthopedic Surgery

"This cutting-edge technology ensures patients have access to the latest in orthopedic technology closer to home, reducing the need for travel and ensuring they receive top-quality care right here in Grayling," said Dr. Bennett. “I’m excited to be able to perform this surgery for our patients getting them back to good health utilizing this state-of-the-art technology and expertise.”

Ask for Robot-Assisted Surgery at Grayling Hospital and Munson Medical Center

Robot-assisted orthopedic surgery is available when traditional joint replacement is not. If you’re not a candidate for traditional surgery due to the shape of your joint or because of a pre-existing implant or condition, ask for a robot-assisted knee surgery referral. 

Contact your primary care provider to learn more or get in touch with the ROSA team:


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A more precise procedure leads to more consistency among outcomes, including the potential for faster recovery and less pain. ROSA technology also eliminates the need for a CT scan, which means less radiation exposure.

Partial and Total Joint Replacements

Robot-assisted surgery is available for both partial knee replacement and total knee replacement surgeries. Hip replacement surgeries will be offered in the near future.

Comprehensive Surgical Aftercare in Grayling and Traverse City

Munson Healthcare specialists will coordinate both surgery and aftercare from one convenient place. This includes pre-surgery joint camp to help prepare you for surgery and post-surgery rehab with our Mary Free Bed experts.

Need help getting to and from appointments? Munson Healthcare nurse navigators will help get you where you need to be for a successful surgery and recovery close to home.

MyMobility with Apple Watch

Use Apple Watch technology and the MyMobility app provided at no charge to encourage the activity you need to fully recover. This technology will help monitor your progress and alert medical professionals of any accidental falls following your joint replacement surgery.