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Surgeons Using Robotics at Exempla

May 06, 2009
BCBR Article Surgeons using robotics at Exempla By Business Report Staff April 21, 2009 -- LAFAYETTE - Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center is offering a minimally invasive knee surgery procedure that uses robotics to patients with osteoarthritis. The new procedure, called MAKOplasty, uses a RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System to pinpoint and replace only the damaged portion of the knee. That makes for a less time in the hospital, a faster recovery, less scarring and other beneficial results. "Because it is less invasive and more of the patient's natural knee remains, the goal is for patients to have more natural knee motion post-operatively," E. Mark Hammerberg, a doctor at The Bone & Joint Institute at Exempla Good Samaritan, said in a statement. MAKOplasty is designed for people who have early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee and have experienced a breakdown of cartilage in their joints.