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Upstate's Community Campus introduces area's first robotic arm technology for hip and knee procedures

Upstate's Community Campus introduces area's first robotic arm technology for hip and knee procedures

"Accuracy is key in planning and performing both partial knee and total hip procedures,” said Upstate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery Timothy Damron, M.D.. “For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right. RIO enables surgeons to personalize partial knee and total hip arthroplasties to achieve optimal results at a level of accuracy and reproducibility previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation.”

The RIO system features a patient-specific visualization system and proprietary tactile robotic arm technology that is integrated with intelligent surgical instruments. It assists surgeons in pre-planning and in treating each patient uniquely and with consistently reproducible procedure.

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery. A pre-surgical plan is created based on a CT scan of the patient’s own knee, and the surgeon uses the robotic arm during surgery to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, sparing healthy bone and surrounding tissue for a more natural feeling knee. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

During MAKOplasty Total Hip Replacement surgery, RIO provides visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation and implant positioning to match the pre-surgical plan. After first preparing the femur or thighbone, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to accurately ream and shape the acetabulum socket in the hip, and then implant the cup at the correct depth and orientation. The surgeon then implants the femoral implant. MAKOplasty offers the confidence of more accurate cup placement and accurate leg length restoration.

“We are proud to be the first to use this innovative technology in the CNY region,” said Community Campus Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Daoust. “It demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with the best possible options for health care.”

For information about the new orthopedic surgery technology, visit Mako Robotic Arm Technology.


Caption: Upstate’s Community Campus introduces the area’s first robotic arm technology for hip and knee procedures at an open house Nov. 10. Orthopedic surgeons Timothy Damron, M..D, and Robert Sherman, M..D, demonstrated the new technology for staff and visitors.