San Francisco Surgery Center became the first ambulatory surgery center to offer MAKOplasty, a robotic arm-guided system for aiding in minimally invasive surgical treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, according to a company news release.
MAKOplasty is currently offered at 29 hospitals in the United States. The procedure uses CT scan to generate a patient-specific three dimensional remodeling and reconstruction of the bone surfaces for optimal inter-component alignment. The technology focuses on just the portion of the knee affected by the osteoarthritis and allows the surgeon to resurface the damaged area without compromising healthy bone and tissue.
The increased surgical precision allows surgeons to perform the procedure in an outpatient setting. Kevin R. Stone, MD, of The Stone Clinic in San Francisco, and John H. Velyvis, MD, of Desert Orthopedic Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., performed the surgery. During the procedure, the diseased portion of the patient’s knee was was resurfaced and an implant was inserted to secure the joint and allow for motion, according to a release from The Stone Clinic.