Morton Hospital Acquires MAKOplasty Robotic Arm for Treatment of Patients with Osteoarthritis of the Knee and Hip

Friday, December 14, 2012

 

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Minimally invasive MAKOplasty® for treatment of early to mid-stage osteoarthritis can provide brief hospitalization, quicker rehabilitation and less pain following surgery

Morton Hospital today announced that it will begin offering MAKOplasty®, an innovative new surgical option for patients suffering from early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and hip.  The hospital will offer both the MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing and MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement procedures, state-of-the-art treatments that are an alternative to traditional hip and knee replacement surgeries and offer several advantages to the patient.

The MAKOplasty Robotic Arm technology offers a precise and consistent result.  Surgeons perform the procedure through an incision that is smaller than that required for traditional knee or hip replacement surgery.  Additionally, both MAKOplasty knee surgery and MAKOplasty hip surgery can provide brief hospitalization, quicker rehabilitation and more natural motion after surgery, helping patients return quicker to the lives they love.  Many patients return to an active lifestyle within just weeks of the procedure.

“I am excited to introduce MAKOplasty to Taunton and its neighboring communities,” said Barry Saperia, MD, who is one of only a handful of MAKOplasty surgeons in Massachusetts.  “This state-of-the art treatment offers unparalleled precision to well-established treatments for patients with OA of the knee and advanced arthritis of the hip.  With the assistance of a CT scan and a surgeon-controlled robotic arm, your surgeon can ‘engrave’ an exact spot in your knee to place the metal and plastic implants, removing only the diseased joint surfaces and leaving all normal cartilage and bone behind.” 

The result, according to Saperia, is a partial knee replacement that causes less blood loss, requires less pain medication, needs less physical therapy, and has a better range of motion.  “Overall, your knee would feel more like your normal knee - and this procedure can be performed with as little as a one day hospital stay,” Saperia added.  “The hip replacement uses the identical technology to accurately inset your total hip replacement implants.  We call this ‘consistently reproducible precision.’”

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, OA is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide.  It usually affects middle-aged adults.  OA occurs when, due to wear and tear, the top layer of cartilage in a joint breaks down and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, resulting in pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint.  Sometimes, edges of the joint may develop bone spurs, or bits of bone or cartilage can break off and float inside the joint space.  These can cause even more pain and damage.

Morton Hospital is the latest Steward hospital to offer MAKOplasty to its patients, and one of few hospitals in Massachusetts offering the MAKOplasty technology.  Steward Health Care is currently the most experienced hospital system with this new, state-of-the-art technology.

Kim Bassett, RN, BSN, MBA, Morton Hospital president noted that the addition of MAKOplasty at Morton Hospital also helps to relieve the burden of patients and families who currently travel long distances for such orthopedic services.  “Patients suffering from OA no longer need to travel long distances for the most advance, robotic orthopedic care,” said Bassett.  “This cutting edge technology is now available right in the community where our patients and their families live.  Steward Health Care is continuously demonstrating their commitment to Morton Hospital and to the greater Taunton community through significant investments in patient care like MAKOplasty.  We are very proud to be one of only a small number of health care facilities in Massachusetts to be offering the MAKOplasty technology to our patients.”

Two of Morton Hospital’s orthopedic surgeons are specially trained to use the robotic arm technology, with others scheduled to soon complete the necessary credentialing.  The first patient successfully underwent the procedure on November 30. 

For more information about MAKOplasty knee replacement or MAKOplasty hip surgery, call 1-855-GO 2 MAKO (855-462-6256) or visit steward.org/makoplasty.


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