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Innovative Technology Allows Surgeons to Personalize Procedures to Each Patient at Optim Surgery

Optim Surgery Center is the first ambulatory surgery center in the region to offer Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee and Total Hip replacement procedures. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery is transforming the way joint replacement procedures are performed.

Robotic-arm assisted surgery is a new approach to joint replacement that offers the potential for a higher level of patient-specific implant alignment and positioning.1-3 The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon controlled robotic-arm that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy.

“Mako is revolutionizing joint replacement surgery,” said Jonathan Christy, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Optim Surgery Center. “Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows me to create a patient specific surgical plan on exactly how to position the implant before entering the operating room. During surgery, I am able to validate that pre-surgical plan and make any necessary adjustments, while the robotic-arm then allows me to execute with a high level of accuracy and predictability. The combination of these three features of the system has the potential to lead to better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.”

The Mako Partial Knee application is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Following the personalized pre-operative plan, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to execute the pre-determined surgical plan and to position the implant. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion of the knee while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint. Studies have shown robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement to be two to three times more accurate than manual partial knee replacement procedures.

The Mako Total Hip application is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to prepare the hip socket and position the implant according to the pre-determined surgical plan.  In cadaveric studies, Mako total hip replacement acetabular cup placement has been shown to be four times more accurate and reproducible than manual total hip replacement procedures.

“The first Mako Partial Knee procedure was performed by Dr. Jonathan Christy at Optim Surgery Center on December 22, 2016. We are proud to be among the first to use this innovative technology in our region,” said Connor Lawrie, Optim Surgery Center Administrator. “It is part of our commitment to provide our community with outstanding healthcare.”