CCH Offering Robotic-Arm Assisted Hip and Knee Replacements
Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) is one of the first hospitals in the area to offer robotic-arm assisted total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements with Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System.
Mako’s highly advanced robotic technology transforms the way hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed by enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.
“At CCH, we’re committed to offering the latest technology and our recent purchase of the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System is an example of that,” said Michael Hansen, CCH president and CEO. “We’re excited about this purchase, because it will enable our skilled orthopedic surgeons to provide even better results for our joint replacement patients.”
Accuracy and Customization
Hip replacement, also known as hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. It is an option when the hip joint has reached a point where painful symptoms can no longer be controlled with nonoperative treatments.
Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that attempts to replicate your knee’s natural ability to roll and glide as it bends. It is performed when the knee joint has reached a point when painful symptoms can no longer be controlled with nonoperative treatment.
The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System will change the way CCH’s orthopedic surgeons perform these procedures.
“I look at the Mako robotic system as the newest evolution of technology in doing total joint replacements. It’s kind of like going from a flip phone to a smart phone,” said Dr. Richard Cimpl, orthopedic surgeon and orthopedic medical director at CCH.
With the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System, orthopedic surgeons can control sizing and implant position based on a preoperative CT scan. This planning is useful during surgery because it gives the orthopedic surgeon more information to control and perfect alignment. While the orthopedic surgeon still does the operation, the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System is brought into position to make the cuts.
“It allows us to precisely make the bone cuts and place the components in total knees and total hips more accurately and precisely, so we can get a perfect alignment every time,” said Dr. Cimpl.
When bone cuts are performed with this robotic-assisted technology, there are benefits for patients after surgery.
“There is less soft tissue damage, therefore less postsurgical pain and quicker recovery,” said Dr. Shawn Brandenburg, orthopedic surgeon. “This may ultimately result in improved patient satisfaction and better outcomes.”
The increased accuracy and customization of these surgeries can also lead to shorter hospital stays for joint replacement patients.
The demand for total joint replacement procedures is expected to rise in coming years, with total knee replacements in the U.S. expected to increase by 673 percent by 2030, while total hip replacements are expected to increase by 174 percent.
Dr. Cimpl believes CCH’s new Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System will help the hospital better response to this demand.
“The number of joint procedures is going to increase dramatically,” said Dr. Cimpl. “Using the Mako system is a way of meeting that need more accurately, safely and hopefully with better results so the prosthesis we put in will last longer.”
By offering the Mako system at its hospital, CCH also enables area residents to stay closer to home for these types of procedures.
“It provides state-of-the-art care in a community setting, so patients are getting the best care they can get,” said Sue Hrnicek, MSN, CNOR, RN, director of CCH’s Surgical Services. “Even the big hospitals don’t have this yet, so we’re providing the highest level of care and you’re still able to do it in your community.