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DMH Now Offers Hip and Knee Procedures Performed with Highly Advanced Robotic Arm Technology

August 2, 2016…Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery Enables a New Level of Accuracy and Reproducibility for Partial Knee and Total Hip Replacement

Decatur Memorial Hospital introduces new technology to the community that offers minimally invasive partial knee replacement and total hip replacement procedures, performed using the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System marketed by Stryker. The Mako System is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants.

“At Decatur Memorial Hospital, robotic-assisted surgery has been advancing care and impacting patients’ lives for almost 10 years,” said Timothy D. Stone, Jr., President & CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital. “Accuracy is key in planning and performing both partial knee and total hip procedures. For a good outcome orthopaedic surgeons need to align and position the implants just right.  The Mako System enables orthopaedic surgeons to personalize partial knee and total hip arthroplasties to achieve optimal results at a level of accuracy and reproducibility previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation.”

The Mako System features a patient-specific visualization system and proprietary tactile robotic arm technology that is integrated with intelligent surgical instruments. It assists orthopaedic surgeons in pre-planning and in treating each patient uniquely and with consistently reproducible procedures.

“The Stryker Mako technology allows me to enhance my 25 years of experience to more accurately and precisely place components, said Orthopaedic Surgeon Ed Raycraft, M.D.    “Using a pre-surgical plan that is created based on a CT scan of the patient’s own knee, it can give levels of accuracy and positioning unobtainable before. A personalized 3-dimensional plan can be altered intraoperatively based on any unexpected findings. By increasing accuracy and reproducibility, I believe it will create opportunity for younger patients needing partial knee replacements.”

“The Mako Robotic-Arm assisted surgery makes partial knee replacements and total hip replacement surgeries better,” said Orthopaedic Surgeon Tyler Jones, M.D.  “By being more precise, it will improve outcomes and enhance patient satisfaction.”

Mako Partial Knee Replacement is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery. A pre-surgical plan is created based on a CT scan of the patient’s own knee, and the surgeon uses the robotic arm during surgery to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, sparing healthy bone and surrounding tissue for a more natural feeling knee. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

During Mako Total Hip Replacement surgery, the Mako System provides visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation and implant positioning to match the pre-surgical plan. After first preparing the hip to receive the hip implant, the orthopaedic surgeon then implants the femoral implant.  The Mako procedure offers the confidence of more accurate implant placement and appropriate leg length restoration with maximum mobility.

“DMH is proud to bring this innovative technology to our community,” Stone said. “It is part of our mission to improve the health of the people of central Illinois.”

Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois.  Today, DMH has nearly 2,150 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 11 state-of-the-art centers of excellence. DMH has been recognized five consecutive years as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from Truven Health Analytics.