Upstate performs first Mako Total Knee replacement in region

Upstate performs first Mako Total Knee replacement in region

The patient was a 52-year-old Central New York woman. The surgery wasperformed on Wednesday and she was discharged to home rehabilitation onFriday.

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System for total knee replacementis being phased in throughout the country and only about 50 or somedical facilities nationwide have the ability to do total kneereplacement using Mako technology, including Upstate.

Upstate has used the MAKO system for partial knee and hipreplacements since late 2014, but FDA only recently approved the systemfor total knee replacements.

The surgery took place on Upstate’s Community Campus, where Upstate’s orthopedic inpatient and surgical services are centered.

“Upstate is pleased to mark this milestone and to offer roboticsurgical services for total knee replacement for patients throughoutupstate New York,” said Nancy Daoust, chief administrative officer forUpstate’s Community Campus. “We have made a commitment to bring newmedical technologies to the patients of this region, especiallytechnology that enhances both patient safety and surgical outcomes.”

The surgeon-controlled robotic-arm system allows for more precisealignment and positioning of implants to achieve greater accuracy thatpreviously was not available with conventional surgery, according toorthopedic surgeon Robert Sherman, MD, who performed the first robotictotal knee last week.

A major benefit with a robotic system, Sherman notes, is thepatient-specific visualization system that assists surgeons inpre-planning and in treating each patient uniquely and with consistentprecision.

“More precise alignment of the implant means less wear and tear, lessinitial pain and greater lifespan of the implant,” he said.

Sherman said anyone facing total knee replacement would be a candidate for the robotic system at Upstate.

Individuals with weakened knee joints or advanced arthritis in the knee will likely be candidates for a total knee replacement.

Sherman said pain is a good predictor that surgery may be needed.“Individuals who are in pain when they walk, climb stairs, get up fromsitting, might want to talk to their physician about whether kneereplacement surgery is the option.”

In addition to Sherman, total knee replacements using the RIO roboticarm system are performed currently by Emil Azer, MD; and TimothyDamron, MD.  Sherman, Azer and Damron are all board-certified orthopedicsurgeons.

Knee replacements are popular surgeries performed today, and areexpected to be in demand even more in coming years, according to theAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Total knee replacement procedures in 2014 numbered 680,886, up 7.5 percent since 2010.

Upstate has been recognized for the quality of its joint replacementprogram.  Late last year, Upstate University Hospital became the firsthospital in New York to receive designation as a Center of Excellencefor Hip & Knee Replacement by DNV GL-Healthcare, a nationalhospital-accrediting agency.

The Hip & Knee Replacement Certification program recognizesexcellence in orthopedic surgery within the scope of hip and kneereplacement and related procedures.

In addition to hip and knee replacement surgery, physicians withCommunity Campus Orthopedics provide a full range of orthopedic servicesincluding surgeries of the spine, shoulder, foot, ankle and hand. Moreinformation is available at Community Campus Orthopedics.

For information on robotic total knee replacement surgery at Upstate, call 315-464-4472.

Caption: Upstate orthopedic surgeon Robert Sherman, MD, above,performed the first robotic total knee with the Mako technology in Upstate New York Feb. 9.