Temple University Hospital Now Offering Robotic-Assisted Total Hip Replacement and Partial Knee Resurfacing
(Philadelphia, PA) – Orthopaedic surgeons at Temple University Hospital are now performing MAKOplasty® robotic-assisted total hip replacement and partial knee resurfacing surgeries. Temple is the only hospital in the city of Philadelphia offering both procedures using the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System.
“Temple is pleased to be able to offer its patients MAKOplasty®, an innovative surgical option for hip replacement and partial knee resurfacing,” says Easwaran Balasubramanian, MD, Director of Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Surgery at Temple University Hospital. “MAKOplasty® uses state-of-the art technology to provide surgeons with a new level of precision, which should result in less post-operative joint pain, shorter hospital stays, better mobility, and a more active lifestyle for patients.”
“This technology expands the already wide variety of robotic surgical options available for patients here at Temple University Hospital, and further establishes Temple as a leader in robotics in the region and the nation,” added Dr. Balasubramanian.
Total Hip Replacement
Prior to surgery, the RIO® robotic arm technology uses a CT scan of a patient’s hip to create a 3-D anatomic reconstruction of the hip and surrounding joint area. With this information, a customized surgical plan is developed to help ensure optimal placement of the hip. During the implantation procedure, the surgeon’s ability to more precisely position the replacement hip is enhanced by the technology’s real-time data, as well as tactile, visual and auditory feedback.
Early data has shown that utilizing this technique has reduced the early dislocation rate (within first six months post-op) among patients compared to standard, non-robotic-assisted total hip arthroplasty, from 3% to 0%.
Partial Knee Resurfacing
This procedure is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Like the total hip replacement, patients having this procedure also undergo a pre-operative CT scan to allow the surgical team to create a 3-D reconstruction of their knee.
The RIO® robotic arm technology provides surgeons the precision to resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee, while preserving healthy tissue and bone. The 3-D technology also helps with optimal implant positioning, which can result in a more natural feeling knee and has led to a 99% success rate among patients tracked for two years after surgery.
MAKOplasty® is a less invasive option for partial knee resurfacing as it can often be performed through a four to six inch incision over the patient’s knee, with small incisions in the femur and tibia. This less invasive approach can result in faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays compared to traditional total knee replacement surgery.
Editor’s Note: Neither Dr. Balasubramanian nor any member of his immediate family has financial interest in MAKO Surgical Corp., the manufacturer of the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System.