Patients can “Test Drive” Total and Partial Hip and Knee Replacement Equipment

Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) is the only hospital in the region to offer robotic-arm assisted total and partial hip and knee replacement with Stryker’s Mako System. This highly advanced robotic technology transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed, providing surgeons with enhanced accuracy.

The Mako System will be on display in the hospital Atrium on June 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community members are invited to talk to representatives and get hands-on experience with the system.

“The Mako System allows us to provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis,” said Matthew Bullock, DO,2 Mako Knee systems2 orthopedic surgeon and assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. “Using a virtual 3D model, we can create each patient’s surgical plan before entering the operating room. During surgery, we can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm.”

A CT scan of the diseased hip or knee joint is taken and uploaded into the Mako System software and a 3D model of the patient’s hip or knee is created. This 3D model is used to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment for total hip or knee replacement.

In the operating room, the surgeon follows the personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for the implant. The surgeon guides the robotic-arm within the pre-defined area and the Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized pre-operative plan was created.

During partial hip and knee replacement a CT scan and 3D modeling of the patient’s bone anatomy is uploaded into the Mako System. The surgeon uses the pre-defined plan to resurface the diseased portion of the knee while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint.

“This technology offers patients the most accurate outcomes,” said Bullock. “This further demonstrates our commitment to provide the patients of our region with excellent health care.”

For more information on minimally invasive procedures at Cabell Huntington Hospital, please call 304.781.IMIS (4647).