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Black Hills Surgical Hospital Offers Advanced Robotic Joint Replacement with Stryker’s Mako

Jul 14, 2021 08:37AM ● By Med Magazine
Black Hills Surgical Hospital is the first in the region to offer Mako SmartRoboticsTM. This advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements are performed, by helping surgeons know more and cut less. Mako SmartRobotics™ combines three key components, 3D CT-based planning, AccuStop haptic technology and insightful data analytics, into one platform that has shown better outcomes for total knee, total hip and partial knee patients.

"With Mako SmartRobotics™, I know more about my patients than ever before, and I'm able to minimize cuts. For some patients, this can mean less soft tissue damage; for others, greater bone preservation." said Jeff Marrs, M.D., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at the Hip and Knee Center at Black Hills Orthopedics"Mako's 3D CT allows me to create a personalized plan based on each patient's unique anatomy before entering the operating room. During surgery, I can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm to execute that plan. It's exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements."

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 189% by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 20% of patients are not fully satisfied after conventional surgery. Mako Total Knee combines Stryker's advanced robotic technology with its clinically successful Triathlon Total Knee System, which enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased precision and accuracy. In clinical studies, Mako Total Knee demonstrated the potential for patients to experience less pain, less need for opiate analgesics, less need for inpatient physical therapy, reduction in length of hospital stay, improved knee flexion and greater soft tissue protection in comparison to manual techniques.

Mako SmartRobotics for Partial Knee replacement is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm during bone preparation to execute the patient specific surgical plan and position the implants. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion of the knee while helping to protect the healthy bone surrounding the knee joint. Studies have shown that robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement leads to greater accuracy of implant position compared to manual partial knee replacement procedures.

By 2030, total hip replacements in the United States are projected to grow 171 %. Mako SmartRobotics for Total Hip is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm during bone preparation to prepare the hip socket and position the implants according to the patient specific plan. In a controlled matched-paired study to measure acetabular bone resection, results suggested greater bone preservation for Mako Total Hip compared to manual surgery.

"We are proud to be the first hospital in our region to offer this highly advanced SmartRobotics technology to our patients," said Lew Papendick, MD, Chairman of the Management Committee, Black Hills Surgical Hospital. "This addition to our nationally recognized award-winning total joint program as part of our Hip and Knee Center further demonstrates our commitment to providing our community with an outstanding healthcare experience with exceptional outcomes."

With the arrival Mako SmartRobotics at Black Hills Surgical Hospital, a robot naming contest has been announced. The public may submit names for consideration at:

between now and July 26th. Two winners will be selected and awarded prizes valued at approximately $1,000 each and be invited to BHSH for a lunch, tour and a meet and greet with Hip and Knee Center surgeons and the newly named Mako Robots.