Health Care and Wellness

Orthopaedic Surgery Center Introduces Robotic Technology

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Orthopaedic Surgery Center is the first ambulatory surgery center in Ohio to offer robotic-arm assisted total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements with the Mako System by Stryker. The robotic technology increases accuracy of joint replacement surgery, allowing for a more predictable experience for surgeons, according to the release.

“With Mako, we can provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said Dr. Seth Kuwik, hip and knee surgeon at the center. “Using a virtual 3D model, Mako allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan preoperatively before entering the operating room.”

In the next decade, total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase by 673%, while primary total hip replacements are estimated to increase by 174%, according to data provided by the center. Studies show some 30% of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery.

Images from the Mako system.

The Mako Total Knee application relieves the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s anatomy. The surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to execute the predetermined surgical plan and position the implant.

Adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip can also benefit from the Mako. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to prepare the hip socket and position the implant according to the predetermined surgical plan.

“The addition of Mako to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding health care,” said Taylor Cera, chief operating officer of the Orthopaedic Surgery Center.

Pictured above: Seth Kuwik, hip and knee orthopedic surgeon, with the Mako system.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.