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Good Shepherd First in Region to Perform Innovative Robotic Arm Guided Knee Surgery
Minimally invasive procedure to treat early to mid-stage osteoarthritis can provide quicker rehabilitation and more natural knee motion post-surgery
By: Liz Cappon
MAKOplasty® patients may experience a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery times and a smaller incision as compared to total knee replacement;
Good Shepherd Medical Center’s lead orthopedic nurse, Jeanne Jones, turned from surgical nurse to patient Friday morning when she became the first patient to undergo a MAKOplasty® at Good Shepherd. “I am just very proud and lucky that Good Shepherd is the first hospital in East Texas to have the robot. It really is a great alternative to total knee replacement. I feel privileged and honored to be the first at our hospital to have this procedure.”
Jordan G. Stanley, MD, orthopedic surgeon, performed Jones’ MAKOplasty®, one of six performed at Good Shepherd on the first day. “MAKOplasty allows us to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis at earlier stages and with greater precision. Because it is less invasive and more of the patient’s natural knee remains, the goal is for patients to have more natural knee motion post-operatively,”
The opportunity for early intervention is important as osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Through its innovative use of technology, MAKOplasty® takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision. When performing MAKOplasty®, surgeons at Good Shepherd Medical Center utilize the RIO®, developed by MAKO Surgical Corp., which features a tactile robotic arm and a 3-D virtual patient specific visualization system.
This system provides the surgeon a pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional live-action, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan. As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, acoustic and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.
“Precision is the key in planning and performing partial knee surgeries,” said Stanley. “For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right. Precision in surgery, and in the pre-operative planning process, is what RIO can deliver.”
Jones is excited at the prospect of being back assisting with this ground-breaking orthopedic surgery rather than undergoing it, particularly due to MAKOplasty’s quicker recovery times, adding, “I am used to pushing the stretcher, not riding on it.”
For more information about MAKOplasty® please visit www.GoodShepherdHealth.org or call the Good Shepherd “Healthy Hotline” at (903) 315-GSHS (4747) or call toll-free at (888) 784-GSHS (4747).