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ROBOTIC SURGEONS — Orthopedic surgeons, from left, Dr. Benjamin Thomasson, Dr. Mark Hollmann, Dr. Stephen Reed, Dr. Nathan Turnbull, Dr. Brian Leung and Dr. Kathryn Crum, all at AdventHealth Fish Memorial, are now able to perform hip and knee procedures using the Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery.

Orthopedic surgeons at AdventHealth Fish Memorial are now able to perform more extensive hip and knee procedures using the Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery.

While other hospitals may use the Mako system to perform partial knee replacements, Fish Memorial is the only hospital in Volusia County able to perform both total hip and total knee replacements with the highest level of precision.

The Mako total hip and total knee procedures are designed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, often called “wear and tear” arthritis, causes the joint to become pitted, eroded and uneven, which can be very painful.

“Nearly 50 percent of people will develop knee osteoarthritis over their lifetime,” said Dr. Nathan Turnbull, a Fish Memorial orthopedic surgeon. “Most of the people with osteoarthritis are older than age 45, and women are more commonly affected than men.”

In the U.S., total knee replacements are expected to increase 673 percent by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 30 percent of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery.

Clinical studies have shown that patients who had a partial knee replacement with Mako experienced less pain in the days and weeks following their surgery than those who had a conventional knee replacement.

Mako enabled surgeons to execute their surgical plans for total knee replacements more accurately, protecting soft tissue and ligaments from damage. And patients who had a total hip replacement with Mako were able to preserve more bone than those who had a conventional hip replacement.

“Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery is changing the way joint-replacement surgeries are performed,” said Dr. Brian Leung, another orthopedic surgeon at Fish Memorial. “The Mako System provides each patient with a custom, minimally invasive, and more precise joint replacement based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy.”

The Mako System allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan before entering the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon can confirm that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm.

“This is the latest and greatest in the country for knee replacements,” said yet another Fish Memorial orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Thomasson. “I think the Mako System adds a new level of precision to joint replacements because it gives us live feedback to make sure that the joint’s new implant is put in place perfectly.”

To learn more, visit AHOrthoEastFL.com or call 386-231-5357.