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Texas Health Huguley Now Offering Stryker's Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee and Total Hip Replacement Procedures

Innovative Technology Allows Surgeons to Personalize Procedures to Each Patient

Texas Health Huguley is now the second hospital in Tarrant County to offer Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee and Total Hip Replacement procedures. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery is transforming the way joint replacement procedures are performed. 

Robotic-arm assisted surgery is a new approach to joint replacement that offers the potential for a higher level of patient-specific implant alignment and positioning. The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon controlled robotic-arm that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a high degree of precision.

The Mako Partial Knee application is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration of the affected area that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Following the personalized pre-operative plan, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to execute the pre-determined surgical plan and to position the implant. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the painful portion of the knee while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint. Studies have shown the procedure to be two to three times more precise than manual partial knee replacement procedures.

“Mako is improving our already excellent joint replacement process,” said Dr. Von L. Evans, Jr., Physician Lead of Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South’s orthopedic program. “We start with a CT of the patient’s joint and the Mako System uses that to create a virtual 3D model to personalize each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively. During surgery, we are able to validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the most precise placement of the joint implant. The Mako robotic-arm is a fantastic tool that allows us to achieve an incredible level of precision that is leading to better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.”

The Mako Total Hip application is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip.  During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to prepare the hip socket and position the implant per the pre-determined surgical plan.  In cadaveric studies, Mako Total Hip Replacement acetabular cup placement has been shown to be four times more accurate and reproducible than manual procedures.

“We are proud to be among the first to use this innovative technology in the market” said Teresa Huffman, Administrative Director of Diagnostic and Therapy Services. “It is part of our commitment to provide our community with outstanding healthcare.”