WCH’s Orthopedic team has a new robot – the name of which is up to the students in Wickenburg and surrounding areas in grades K – 12!
WCH’s Orthopedic team would like to invite you to enter a contest to:
A) NAME the new ROBOT
B) Color the ROBOT. By entering the Name the Robot Challenge, you could have the honor of naming the new robot and to help make history.
Prizes will be issued to the Most Creative Coloring & Most Unique Name. Winners will not only receive a great prize, but also an invitation to an on-site demonstration event for a chance to meet Dr. Mitch Wagner, Orthopedic Surgeon, and have hands-on experience with the robot. The winners will also have their photo taken with the Robot and published in The Wickenburg Sun announcing the new name.
Coloring sheets can be picked up at the Wickenburg Community Hospital Gift Shop (520 Rose Lane), at the local KwikPrint (177 E. Wickenburg Way) or downloaded from the link above.
Terms & Conditions
1. The name for the robot should be between 1-4 words or digits, and should be understandable to someone who speaks English
2. The name does not have to be an existing name or word
3. The supporting explanation should clearly describe why the name was chosen.
About the Robot
MakoTM robotic-arm assisted technology provides the patient with a personalized surgical plan based on their unique anatomy. A 3D model of the patient’s hip or knee will be used to pre-plan and assist the surgeon in performing total hip replacement or partial knee replacement.
Mako can be used for Total Hip Replacement (THR), which is a procedure designed for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease of the hip.
Mako can also be used for partial knee replacement (PKR), which is a procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA) in one or two compartments of the knee. By selectively targeting the part of the patient’s knee damaged by OA, the surgeon can replace the diseased part of the patient’s knee while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
The Mako robotic-arm technology provides the surgeon with a patient-specific 3-D model to pre-plan the partial knee or hip replacement. During surgery, the surgeon guides the Stryker robotic-arm based on the patient-specific plan. This allows the surgeon to remove only the diseased bone, preserving healthy bone and soft tissue, and assists the surgeon in positioning the implant based on the patient’s anatomy.
How it works
Plan Personalized for the Patient
It all begins with a CT scan of the joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of the patient’s unique anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the Mako system software and is used to create a personalized pre-operative plan.
In the Operating Room
In the operating room, the surgeon will use Mako to assist in performing the surgery based on a personalized pre-operative plan. The Mako system also allows the surgeon to make adjustments to the plan during surgery as needed. When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the Mako system guides the surgeon within the pre-defined area and helps prevent the surgeon from moving outside the planned boundaries. This helps provide more accurate placement and alignment of the implant.
*For more information on the Stryker MAKO, please feel free to visit: patients.stryker.com/mako-robotic-arm-assisted-technology
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