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New joint replacement technology saves surgical and recovery time

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The orthopedic surgeons at Optim Surgery Center have implemented a revolutionary robotic arm that is changing the landscape of joint replacement.

Optim Surgery Center is the first ambulatory surgery center in Savannah to use the Mako Robotic-Arm.

There are just seven in the state of Georgia and the cost is $1.2 million. The doctors say it’s worth every penny.

Dr. Jonathan Christy has been working with this technology for the past six years.

“Ultimately I do think it's really pushing the forefront of orthopedics. This is really a revolutionary tool that does give a surgeon a much more precise, bony cuts that ultimately will, I believe, impact their outcome,” said Christy.

Christy said it can save patients and physicians valuable surgery time as well as recovery and pain control.

“The technology is still going to translate to 3D model, smaller incisions, ultimately faster recovery. Pushing the envelope with total joints here at Optim to out-patient surgeries,” said Christy.

Right now it’s FDA approved for knee and hip replacements. Dr. Christy said patients are usually back to normal activities within four weeks.

Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako Robotic- arm allows doctors to create a patient-specific surgical plan on exactly how to position the implant before entering the operating room.

During surgery, the Mako Robotic- arm makes the necessary adjustments if needed with a high level of accuracy, especially for knee and hip replacements, ultimately shortening surgery and recovery time.

Dr. Charles Hope, a senior orthopedist with Optim Surgery Center, says this technology is a game changer.

“It allows us to be more accurate and precise and also allows us to restore the patient’s anatomy. They will have less pain, faster recovery and a better ultimate outcome,” said Hope.

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.

The Mako Total Hip application is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip.

The first Mako Partial Knee procedure was performed by Dr. Jonathan Christy at Optim Surgery Center on Dec. 22, 2016.

If you or someone you know wants more information about this groundbreaking procedure, you can contact Optim Surgery Center at 912-629-3560 or log on to

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