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Exempla Only Hospital in 11 States to Offer New Surgery (Robotic)

May 06, 2009
Exempla only hospital in 11 states to offer new surgery -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patients needing knee surgery now have a new less invasive option at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, thanks to the physicians of the Bone & Joint Institute. MAKOplasty, a new minimally invasive partial knee resurfacing procedure is used to treat early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. The RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System offers a more precise and consistent result for partial knee resurfacing. “Precision is key in planning and performing partial knee surgeries,” said Dr. E. Mark Hammerberg of The Bone & Joint Institute at Exempla Good Samaritan. “For a good outcome, you need to align and position the implants just right. This is what the RIO robotic arm can deliver.” Here’s how patients benefit: vShorter or no hospital stay vSignificantly less post-operative pain vQuicker recovery vFewer complications & less risk of infection vLess scarring vReturn to active lifestyle within weeks of procedure How it works: vPeople who have osteoarthritis of the knee have a breakdown of cartilage in one or more joints. When gliding cartilage breaks down or wears away, the bones grind against each other, causing pain and limited joint movement. The MAKOplasty procedure replaces only the damaged portion of the knee, leaving healthy ligaments intact. The implanted joint then functions more naturally with faster recovery after surgery. MAKOplasty can be performed to treat osteoarthritis (OA) on two parts of the knee: the medial (inner) portion, the patellofemoral (front) portion or both. “MAKOplasty allows us to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis at earlier stages and with greater precision.Because it is less invasive and more of the patient’s natural knee remains, the goal is for patients to have more natural knee motion post-operatively,” said Dr. E. Mark Hammerberg of The Bone & Joint Institute. For more information about the MAKOplasty knee resurfacing option and to see if you are a candidate for this new procedure, please call the Bone & Joint Institute Hotline at 303-689-5900 or visit us on the web at www.bone-joint.org.