St. John’s Medical Center invites the public to view its new Stryker’s
Mako Robotic Arm system on Tuesday, July 10 at noon in the St. John’s
Boardroom. St. John’s CEO Paul Beaupré, MD, and joint replacement
surgeon Dr. Gus Goetz will make remarks at 12:15 pm. Refreshments will
The recently purchased system, which transforms the way joint replacement
surgeries are performed, was made possible by a gift from the St. John’s
Hospital Foundation. The system includes three different robotic arms
to support surgeries for total hip and total and partial knee replacements.
The service will be available beginning in August.
“We are thankful for the generous support we received from the Foundation
to purchase this system, which made it possible to be the only hospital
in the area to offer this highly advanced robotic technology,” said
Using virtual 3D modeling, the robotic system allows surgeons to create
each patient’s surgical plan before entering the operating room,
including determining implant size, orientation, and alignment based on
each patient’s unique anatomy. During surgery, the surgeon can validate
that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic
arm to execute that plan.
“Our Peak Joint Replacement program has consistently achieved top
ratings compared to the rest of the nation for patient satisfaction, length
of stay, and physical therapy results. With this transformative technology,
we expect outcomes to be even better,” said Jaime Jackson, orthopedic
program manager. “When patients select a joint replacement program,
they are often interested in robotic-arm technology.”
The following clinical studies illustrate the effectiveness of robotic-arm-assisted
- Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with
its clinically proven GetAroundKnee (Triathlon Total Knee System), which
has enabled surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with
increased accuracy during laboratory testing.1
Robotic-arm-assisted partial knee replacement is two to three times more
accurate than manual partial knee replacement procedures.2-4
Mako total hip replacement acetabular cup placement has been shown to be
four times more accurate and reproducible than manual total hip replacement
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