OHRH now offers advanced robotic-assisted joint replacement, helps personalize procedures

January 22, 2022 | 12:08 am

Updated January 21, 2022 | 6:46 pm

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is the first hospital in the region to offer Mako SmartRobotics. The innovative technology transforms how orthopedic surgeons perform total knee, partial knee and total hip replacement surgeries, allowing them to know more and cut less.

Mako SmartRobotics combines three key components – 3D CT-based planning, AccuStopTM haptic technology and insightful data analytics – into one platform that has shown better outcomes for total knee, total hip and partial knee patients.

Before each procedure, surgeons use the system’s sophisticated planning features to assess the patient and customize a surgery plan for their specific body structure. The surgeon then guides a robotic arm to carry out the procedure to precise measurements — making adjustments as needed. 

Dr. Mark McGinnis, Owensboro Health Orthopedic Specialist became the first physician to perform a Mako robotic-assisted surgery at OHRH on Dec. 21. He said the new system, combined with the skill and experience of OHRH’s orthopedics team, could truly transform the patient experience. 

“With Mako SmartRobotics, I know more about my patients than ever before, and I’m able to cut less. For some patients, this can mean less soft tissue damage; for others, greater bone preservation,” McGinnis said. “Mako’s 3D CT allows me to create a personalized plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy before entering the operating room. During surgery, I can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm to execute that plan.”

In addition to McGinnis, three other Owensboro Health physicians offer procedures using Mako SmartRobotics: Reid Wilson, Anthony McBride and Scott Farner. All four underwent on-site certification in December. 

President and CEO Mark Marsh could hardly contain his enthusiasm as he welcomed Mako SmartRobotics to the orthopedics program at OHRH. 

“We want to be a destination center for advanced, high-quality care,” Marsh said. “Technology like this positions Owensboro Health at the forefront of innovation and patient experience.” 

In 2021, over 1,200 joint replacement procedures, including more than 800 knee surgeries were performed by orthopedic surgeons from Owensboro Health Medical Group. Experts forecast that demand in the United States will nearly double by 2030, and Marsh said that technology like Mako SmartRobotics could attract even more patients to choose Owensboro Health for their orthopedics care in the future. 

“Owensboro Health has an outstanding orthopedics program that has provided excellent care for many years,” Marsh said. “This addition to our orthopedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.”.” 

Patients who are interested in learning more about the Mako SmartRobotics system at Owensboro Health should talk with their doctor or contact Owensboro Health Medical Group – Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, or visit their web resource at OwensboroHealth.org/Mako.

January 22, 2022 | 12:08 am

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