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MAKOplasty Performed Using Robotic Arms and 3D Visualization System

The Good Shepherd Medical Center has released an official statement announcing its new status as the first hospital in the Texas region to perform MAKOplasty. It is a partial knee resurfacing, minimally invasive procedure used in the treatment of early/mid stage osteoarthritis that occurs in the knee.

RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System by MAKO Surgical

Powered by MAKO Surgical’s advanced RIO robotic-arm interactive orthopedic system featuring a tactile robotic arm and a three-dimensional virtual patient specific visualization system, the MAKOplasty procedure offers a consistent and precise result for the resurfacing procedure. Six of the MAKOplasty patients were discharged within a day of the operation since the non-invasive procedure allows for faster recovery as the incision made is smaller than the total knee replacement surgery. Within weeks the patient can resume a regular and active lifestyle. The procedure can be performed on the knee’s outer, top or inner compartment. MAKOplasty can also be performed as a biocompartmental procedure in the top and inner regions of the knee.

An orthopedic surgeon at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Dr Jordan G Stanley stated that with the MAKOplasty procedure, it is possible for patients to gain a natural knee movement since the procedure retains most of the patient’s knee.

The three-dimensional virtual patient visualization system creates a virtual view of the bone surface and the robotic arm provides the surgeons with visual and acoustic feedback, which helps in a more accurate implant positioning.

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