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Wickenburg Community Hospital (WCH) Orthopedic Surgery Services is now offering Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Hip & Knee 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.1-2 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.3

“Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed,” said Mitch Wagner, MD at WCH. “Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to personalize each patient’s surgical plan preoperatively, so there is a clear plan for how the surgeon will position the implant before entering the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments, while the robotic-arm then allows the surgeon to execute that plan 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 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.1

”We are proud to be among the first in our area to use this innovative technology in Wickenburg and its surrounding rural communities,” said Mitch Wagner, MD at WCH. “It is part of our commitment to provide our community with outstanding healthcare.”

To learn more about Mako Total Knee surgery, please visit wickhosp.com/orthopedics.

References
1. Nawabi, DH, Conditt,MA, Ranawat AS, Dunbar NJ et al. Haptically guided robotic technology in total hip arthroplasty: a cadaveric
investigation. Journal of Engineering in Medicine. December 2012:227(3):302-309.
2. Illgen R. Robotic assisted total hip arthroplasty improves accuracy and clinical outcome compared with manual technique. 44th Annual
Advances in Arthroplasty Course. October 7-10, 2014, Cambridge, MA.
3. Jerabek SA, Carroll KM, Maratt JD, Mayman DJ, Padgett DE. Accuracy of Cup Positioning and Achieving Desired Hip Length and Offset
Following Robotic THA.; 14th Annual CAOS Meeting, June 18-21, 2014, Milan, Italy.

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