BID Plymouth surgeons have performed over 500 robotic-assisted knee replacements using Mako technology in 2019, the most of any hospital in Massachusetts. The hospital has been performing Mako robot-assisted surgeries since 2012, one of the first in the region to do so. This treatment option for adults living with mid- to late-stage osteoarthritis of the knee provides a personalized surgical plan based on one’s unique anatomy.
“Partial and total knee replacements provide patients with debilitating knee issues a new lease on life,” says R. Scott Oliver, MD, chief of surgery, BID Plymouth, and founder of Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates. “Our talented orthopedic surgeons and technicians are at the forefront of robotic-assisted knee replacements. And better yet, the recovery is easier and less painful, using new medications, new anesthesia techniques, and minimal narcotic use,” adds Oliver.
In using the Mako technology, a CT scan of the diseased knee joint is taken. This CT scan is uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of the knee is created and used to pre-plan and assist the orthopedic surgeon.
Benefits of robotic-assisted knee replacement include:
- More accurate implant positioning, which can result in a morenatural feeling after surgery.
- Improvedsafety and reduced risk of injury to adjacent tissues.
- Small incisions, which can mean a quicker recovery, a shorter hospitalization and less pain.