John Sullivan, MD, Orthopaedic Total Joint Surgeon at Slocum Dickson Medical Group, recently began performing partial knee replacements utilizing the revolutionary MAKO robotic arm. The MAKO robotic arm provides Dr. Sullivan with a level of precision not obtainable with traditional surgical instruments. Through this technology, he is able to offer his patients a less invasive surgical option that will lead to a quicker recovery and a more natural feeling knee.
A pre-operative review of the patient’s CT scan along with visual, tactile and auditory feedback during the procedure, allows Dr. Sullivan to accurately position and insert the knee implant. The MAKO technology guides Dr. Sullivan to the precise location of the diseased area for controlled resurfacing of the knee, preserving the remaining healthy bone and surrounding tissue.
Partial knee replacement using the MAKO Robotic Arm is ideal for patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee restricted to one or two areas of the knee. The procedure involves a small 4 to 6 inch incision over the knee, Dr. Sullivan then controls the robotic arm to resurface the knee and precisely place the implant. Most patients are able to quickly return to walking, driving and other activities. Partial knee replacement with MAKO technology benefits patients by providing a greater range of motion, less blood loss, a reduced hospital stay, less need for pain medicine, a more rapid recovery, easier physical therapy, less scaring and a more natural feeling knee.
For more information on Partial Knee Replacement with MAKO Technology, please contact Dr. Sullivan’s office at 315-798-1617.