Minimally invasive procedure for early to mid-stage osteoarthritis may provide quicker recovery and more natural feeling knee post-surgery
Dallas – April 10, 2013 – Long walks and memorable hunting trips seemed like only a memory of the past for Jack Metcalf. But now, just weeks after receiving partial knee restoration with MAKO robotic navigation at Pine Creek Medical Center, he has left his cane behind, stopped all pain medication and is back to walking and hunting. Dr. Jeff Zhao, Mr. Metcalf’s surgeon, is delighted with the incredible control and precision of the MAKOplasty® procedure, and especially pleased with how incredibly it has improved Jack’s quality of life.
Pine Creek announced today that it is now offering MAKOplastypartial knee resurfacing, a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritisthat has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery and is performed using RIO®, a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system. Pine Creek currently has 13 orthopedic surgeons utilizing this incredible technology for their patients.
Through its innovative use of technology, MAKOplasty takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision and offers many potential patient benefits compared to total knee surgery:
- Reduced pain
- Minimal hospitalization
- More rapid recovery
- Less implant wear and loosening
- Smaller scar
- Better motion and a more natural feeling knee
“MAKOplasty allows us to treat arthritis at earlier stages and with greater precision,” said Dr. Thomas Schott, of All-Star Orthopedics. “It is minimally invasive and allows us to preserve all ligaments, resulting in a more naturally feeling knee. Patients recover very quickly, and regain motion and function more rapidly. Typically, patients require very little pain medication and sometimes are able to go home on the same day of their surgeries.”
The RIO® system enablesthe surgeon to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using aCT scan of the patient’s own knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan. As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, auditory and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for real time adjustments and more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.
The opportunity for early intervention is important as OA is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
For more information about MAKOplasty contact: DFWknee.com or 855-DFW-KNEE.