Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers is now performing MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing,  a minimally invasive  treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.  MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery and is performed using RIO®, a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system.

MAKOplasty potentially offers the following benefits as compared to total knee surgery:

  • Reduced pain.
  • Minimal hospitalization.
  • More rapid recovery.
  • Less implant wear and loosening.
  • Smaller scar.
  • Better motion and a more natural feeling knee.

 “MAKOplasty allows us to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis at earlier stages and with greater precision.  Because it is less invasive and preserves more of the patient’s natural knee, the goal is for patients to have relief from their pain, gain back their knee motion, and return to their daily activities,” said Matthew T. Hummel, M.D., of Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers, who performs the procedure.

Through its innovative use of technology, MAKOplasty takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision. 

The RIO® system enables the surgeon to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s own knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan.  As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, auditory and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for real time adjustments and more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.  

Dr. Hummel adds that “precision is key in planning and performing partial knee surgeries.  For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right.  Precision in surgery, and in the pre-operative planning process, is what RIO can deliver, for each individual patient.”

“The Stryker MAKOplasty robot is a great technology to offer patients for obtaining better results and faster recovery with surgery,” added Dr. Matthew Grunkenmeyer. “Through its innovative use of technology, it takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision.”

The opportunity for early intervention is important as OA is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.