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The bone bots are coming.

A new wave of robotically assisted tools for knee and hip replacements is moving into specialty centers and hospitals around Minnesota, and the number of procedures appears poised to spike in 2017. The surgical robots carry big price tags, but people who use them say the cost is made up in quicker recovery times and more predictable results, especially in complex cases.

Last month a Kimball, Minn., woman made state history when she walked out of a surgical center in St. Cloud less than 12 hours after Dr. Eric Green used a robot-guided system to do the first total-knee replacement surgery in Minnesota.

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