Something you Kneed to Know

by Anya Mayr

As residents of the sunshine state, we tend to stay in action. We’re athletes and activists and pioneers. We surf, play sports and hike, and we love staying in movement – but movement can take a toll on us, and soon enough, on our bones. While the idea of utilizing a robotic arm to perform surgery sounds like a science fiction storybook fantasy, it is very much real, and it’s here to make a difference.

Many patients would agree that there is nothing like a new knee or hip to get that pep in your step back, and there’s definitely nothing better than choosing the right way to do it. The experts at North Florida Regional Medical Center perform more orthopaedic surgeries than anyone in the area.

“We have been using the Mako™ technology for years, and it has yielded positive results,” explains Brian Cook, CEO of North Florida Regional Medical Center. “In the past we have used the Mako™ technology for partial knee, and total hip replacements, but we have recently invested in an upgrade which allows our surgeons to perform total knee replacements with our Mako™ robotic-arm as well.”

Mako™ robotic-arm assisted procedures allow for consistent reproducible precision in performing partial/total knee resurfacing and total hip surgeries, both being challenging procedures through manual techniques. Mako™ robotic-arm assisted surgeries allow for a smaller incision than what is required for traditional manual surgeries, enabling a new level of accuracy in implant alignment and positioning.

Many patients delay getting surgery because of their fear of the unknown, but Mako™ robotic-arm assisted surgery can allow patients to experience a shorter hospital stay, less pain, minimal blood loss, quicker rehabilitation time and a smaller scar. In addition, many patients may be able to restore mobility, spend less time away from home and work, and return to an active lifestyle within weeks of the procedure.

“Approximately 100,000 Mako™ robotic joint replacements have already been performed,” said Dr. Timothy Lane, Orthopedic Surgeon at The Orthopedic Institute. “This technology is relatively mature, and creates more reliable and reproducible results.”

Although candidates for Mako™ robotic-arm assisted knee and hip replacements may vary, typical patients share characteristics like pain with activity, stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position, failure to respond to non-surgical or non-steroidal treatments, anti-inflammatory medication, early-to-mid-stage osteoarthritis, pain when putting weight on affected area, and limping, among others.

A factor that many of these patient candidates tend to overlook, is the fact that knee and hip problems can also affect other parts of their bodies. Many patients suffering from knee and hip pain are also putting their feet and back at risk.

“There was a point before my surgery, where I was unable to move my back for two weeks because of the pain,” said Scott Rosenboom, a recent patient who underwent knee surgery. “Fixing my knees immediately helped reduce my back pain and it gets better every day.”

North Florida Regional is a leader in Orthopaedics with a large-volume robotics program where expert physicians are committed to excellent outcomes in a safe environment that patients rely on. The Mako™ robotic-arm is a great addition to other surgical robots that are used daily within the Robotics Center at North Florida Regional. Since the beginning of its program, more than 4,000 robotic surgeries have been performed, and the physicians who perform these procedures say this advanced training was the logical next step in a commitment to make sure patients have access to their best choices for care.

For more information about how your condition can be treated in a way that is quicker, less painful and less invasive, visit the Robotics Center website at www.nfrmc.com, or call us toll-free at (855) 422-3624.