Orthopedics & Joint Replacement at Mercy Offers Patients Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee Replacement With MAKO System

July 23, 2018


(Baltimore, MD) -- Orthopedics & Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center now offers a new advanced minimally invasive surgical option for patients needing total knee replacement: MAKO Total Knee Replacement Surgery using robotic technology.

According to Dr. Marc Hungerford, Chief of the Division of Orthopedics at Mercy, this knee replacement treatment option is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. With the new MAKO (MAKOplasty) system, Mercy can offer patients a personalized surgical experience tailored to their specific diagnosis and anatomy.

The process begins with a CT scan of the patient’s knee joint which is used to generate a 3D virtual model of the patient’s anatomy. This model is then uploaded on to the MAKO system software and is used to create a pre-operative plan, specific to that patient.

"Robotic technology improves accuracy, allows the surgeon to make adjustments for muscular and soft tissue alignment, and may yield better outcomes for patients," Dr. Hungerford explained.

"This advanced surgery transforms the way implants are placed, potentially allowing surgeons to more accurately position a patient’s implant,” Dr. Hungerford said. "In addition, this state-of-the-art implant gives patients natural range of motion."

The MAKOplasty robotic-arm is guided by the surgeon to remove diseased bone and cartilage and then inserts the knee replacement. During the procedure, the surgeon can make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm.

Recent research indicates there will be at least 3.5 million total knee replacements in the United States by 2030, with the demand for knee replacements growing even faster than the demand for hip replacements.

Named a “Best National Hospital in Orthopedics” by U.S. News and World Report, the surgeons of Orthopedics & Joint Replacement at Mercy are trained in the use of the MAKO system, and can perform both total and partial knee replacement surgery.

"Our physician team includes top rated orthopedic surgeons, offering innovative hip replacement and knee preservation, replacement and treatment options as well as other treatments for a wide variety of orthopedic and sports medicine related issues,” Dr. Hungerford said. 

About Mercy

Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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