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The Mako System: Changing joint replacement at Fisher-Titus

August 14, 2020 | Andrea Beeker, RN

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Recently, the orthopaedic surgery team at Fisher-Titus began utilizing Stryker’s Mako System for total joint replacement procedures. This highly advanced robotic technology changes the way total knee, partial knee, and total hip replacement procedures are done by allowing surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy. Fisher-Titus is the only hospital in the region to offer this technology for our patients.

Joint replacements are fairly common procedures with the demand increasing yearly. Demand for total knee replacements is estimated to increase by 673 percent by 2030 and primary total hip replacements are estimated to increase by 174 percent.

The Mako system provides each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy. With the system, the surgeon can use a virtual 3D model, from a CT scan, to create a surgical plan pre-operatively. This plan helps them determine the implant size, orientation, and alignment.

In addition to creating a better surgical experience for surgeons, case studies suggest robotic-arm assisted joint replacement may also be associated with decreased pain, improved early functional recovery, and reduced hospital stays for patients. There is also evidence suggesting patients required less opioids for pain following surgery. Both of these benefits are likely due to the fact that robotic-arm assisted joint replacement reduces bone and tissue trauma since operating is limited to the pre-determined boundaries based on the damaged bone.

Orthopaedic surgeons from NOMS Access Orthopaedics are now utilizing this technology at Fisher-Titus. For more information about Orthopaedic surgery at Fisher-Titus, visit fishertitus.org/ortho.

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