Mar 23, 2017 – By Barrett J. Brunsman, Staff reporter Cincinnati Business Courier
Surgeons at Mercy Health-Cincinnati’s Anderson Hospital and St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood are among the first in the nation to offer a total knee replacement using the Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery System.
Dr. Suresh Nayak performed Ohio’s first total knee replacement procedure using the robotic-arm-assisted technology together with the Stryker Triathlon Total Knee System at Anderson Hospital on March 7, according to Mercy Health.
Dr. Matthew Hummel of Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers performed a similar total knee replacement surgery using the new robotic-arm-assisted technology at St. Elizabeth in Northern Kentucky on March 22.
The technology is available at only a handful of medical centers in the nation, a St. Elizabeth spokesman said. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved the robotic-arm-assisted technology for total knee replacement in August 2015, but the equipment won’t be available to most health systems until 2018.
The procedure is less invasive than traditional surgery, meaning patients often experience less pain after surgery, less hospitalization and more rapid recovery, according to St. Elizabeth. Patients also often feel better motion and a more natural-feeling knee after the surgery.