To help improve patient outcomes and reduce recovery times, Lenox Hill Hospital has acquired a $1.2 million robotic assistant that enables surgeons to perform partial knee replacements with unprecedented precision.
The MAKO robot dramatically improves surgical precision, which makes partial knee replacement a more appealing surgery for knee arthritis than ever before.
Dr. Matthew Hepinstall recently performed Lenox Hill Hospital’s first robotic orthopaedic surgery. The patient underwent partial knee replacement for arthritis of the knee and went home the next day with minimal knee pain, as opposed to a typical three day stay for total knee replacement. Less physical therapy is required and full recovery can be a full month faster with partial knee replacement.
The robot is particularly helpful for this less-invasive joint replacement procedure, which allows a more rapid recovery than total knee replacement and is associated with a lower risk of medical complications.
“This surgeon-controlled, robotic arm-assisted technology, allows us precisely reconstruct damaged areas of the knee without compromising the surrounding healthy bone, cartilage and ligaments. This results in a more natural-feeling knee and a quicker and easier recovery for our patients,” said Dr. Hepinstall. “Patients also like the smaller incision.”
Some of the symptoms for potentially eligible candidates include: knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee or under the kneecap, knee pain or stiffness after sitting, and failure to respond to non-surgical treatments such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.
Although MAKOplasty offers many benefits, Dr. Hepinstall said the procedure is not for everyone. “The ideal candidate has mid-stage osteoarthritis, with significant damage confined to a specific part of the knee. The less invasive approach is most successful if we are able to treat arthritis early, before the entire joint is damaged. With more advanced arthritis, total knee replacement remains the best option.”
The acquisition of this cutting-edge device by Lenox Hill Hospital is an example of the North Shore-LIJ Health System's commitment to invest in technologies that improve the quality and safety of patient care.