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University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center Offering Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement Procedures with the Latest Generation of Stryker’s Mako System

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Innovative Robotic Technology Allows Surgeons to Personalize Total Knee, Partial Knee and Total Hip Replacement Procedures to Each Patient

ELYRIA, OH – Patients of University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center now have access to the latest technology in joint replacement surgery with Stryker’s Mako System. This highly advanced robotic technology transforms the way joint replacement procedures are performed, enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.

In 2008, UH Elyria Medical Center introduced Mako robotic-arm assisted joint replacement surgery to patients. Today, UH Elyria is the only hospital between Elyria, Ohio and Ft. Wayne, Indiana to offer the latest generation of the Mako Technology to its patients.

“With Mako, we can provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said William Stanfield, MD, Director of the Center for Bone and Joint Replacement at UH Elyria Medical Center. “Using a virtual 3D model, Mako allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, we can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan.” Dr. Stanfield continued, saying, “UH Elyria has had the ability to use robotic technology for joint replacement for nearly 10 years but with only limited application for partial knee replacement. Due to the tremendous success of that, we are excited to now have both improved robotics and a much broader application for standard total knee and total hip replacement.”

The demand for joint replacements is expected to rise in the next decade. Total knee replacements in the United States are estimated to increase by 673 percent by 2030, while primary total hip replacement are estimated to increase by 174 percent.

“We’ve seen the predictions and have proactively taken steps to prepare for the expected rise in joint replacement procedures,” said Jeff Reilly, Chief Operating Officer, UH Elyria Medical Center. “Three of our top orthopedic surgeons – Drs. Stanfield, Marsh and Popa – are trained to use the Mako Technology, which offers clinically proven benefits.”

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology can be used for Total Hip Replacement, Total Knee Replacement and Partial Knee Replacement. A complete examination by an orthopedic surgeon determines a patient’s eligibility for surgery using the technology.

“Our patients who have had joint replacement procedures using the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System have done exceptionally well,” said Dr. Stanfield. “In addition to smaller incisions, the precision enabled by the technology has led to less implant wear and loosening, more sparing of bone, less scarring and more rapid recovery. With this new technology we anticipate that over 90 percent of our joint replacement patients will go home the day after surgery and most will be walking on them the day of surgery.”

Investing in the latest generation of Mako Technology is something that UH Elyria Medical Center President Kristi Sink, MHA, FACHE, is proud of. “In 2008, UH Elyria was at the forefront of robotic-arm assisted surgery and we continue to uphold that tradition,” she said. “We take pride in offering the highest-quality orthopedic care so that UH Elyria will continue to be the hospital of choice in Lorain County.”

UH Elyria Medical Center will host a Joint Pain Seminar/Educational Event from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 at the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College. Join us to hear from orthopedic surgeons from UH Elyria Medical Center about the latest treatment options for joint pain. Save your spot today! Register for this educational event by calling 1-800-883-3674.

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