Hospital Continues to Expand Robotics Capabilities
McLaren–Macomb is first hospital in Southeast Michigan offer
MAKOplasty orthopedic robotic surgery
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI (March 13, 2012) – With its recent acquisition of state-of-the-art robotic orthopedic technology, McLaren–Macomb is the only hospital in Southeast Michigan to offer MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing and MAKOplasty® robotic hip surgery.
The addition of these innovative MAKOplasty procedures are part of McLaren–Macomb’s expanded robotic surgery capabilities, having acquired the daVinci Si® with Firefly Fluorescence Imaging in December 2011. McLaren Macomb is the only Southeast Michigan hospital to offer both of these robotic advancements.
MAKOplasty for knees is a partial knee procedure that is a minimally invasive treatment option for adults with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed throughout the knee. Using a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic system MAKOplasty typically provides many benefits to patients, as compared to total knee surgery. Advantages of the MAKOplasty knee procedure include:
• Reduced pain
• Minimal hospitalization
• More rapid recovery
• Reduced implant wear and loosening
• Smaller scar
The result is better motion and a more “natural feeling” knee, partly because the surgeon uses the patient’s own knee as the model to create a customized implant that replaces the affected bone. The MAKOplasty procedure incorporates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and precision placement of the implant. Most MAKOplasty knee patients are discharged from the hospital within a couple of days, and are walking unassisted within a week.
“MAKOplasty allows us to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis at earlier stages and with greater precision,” said Dr. Michael Wind, a board-certified McLaren–Macomb orthopedic surgeon. “Because the procedure is less invasive and preserves more of the patient’s natural knee, patients usually experience faster relief from chronic pain and return to daily activities sooner than with total knee replacement.”
The MAKOplasty total hip procedure shares many of the benefits of the knee procedure, and may be a treatment option for people who suffer from degenerative joint disease. Using the MAKOplasty 3-D model, the surgeon can determine the optimal size and position of hip implant components, planning the patient’s surgery based on his or her unique anatomy.
“Positioning implants correctly is an important aspect in improving surgical outcomes and the lifespan of the implants used for hip replacement,” said Dr. Wind. “The robotic arm technology enables us to more accurately achieve the biomechanical alignments that are planned to fit the patient’s unique anatomy.”
McLaren–Macomb continues to offer traditional joint replacement surgery for patients who may not be candidates for the MAKOplasty procedure, as well as a full complement of other orthopedic procedures. For more information about MAKOplasty, visit www.mclaren.org/mako.