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Published on December 30, 2021

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Offers Highly Advanced Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is the first hospital in the region to offer Mako SmartRobotics™. This advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms how total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements are performed by helping surgeons know more and cut less.  

Mako SmartRobotics™ combines three key components – 3D CT-based planning, AccuStop™ haptic technology and insightful data analytics – into one platform that has shown better outcomes for total knee, total hip and partial knee patients.  

“With Mako SmartRobotics™, I know more about my patients than ever before, and I’m able to cut less. For some patients, this can mean less soft tissue damage; for others, greater bone preservation,” said Dr. Mark McGinnis, Owensboro Health Orthopedic Specialist. “Mako’s 3D CT allows me to create a personalized plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy before entering the operating room. During surgery, I can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.”  

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 189% by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 20% of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery. Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically successful Triathlon Total Knee System, enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased precision and accuracy. In clinical studies, Mako Total Knee demonstrated the potential for patients to experience less pain, less need for inpatient physical therapy, and a reduced length of hospital stay compared to manual techniques.  

Partial Knee Replacement

Mako SmartRobotics™ for Partial Knee replacement is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm during bone preparation to execute the predetermined surgical plan and position the implant. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion of the knee while helping to protect the healthy bone surrounding the knee joint. Studies have shown that robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement leads to greater accuracy of implant position to plan than manual partial knee replacement procedures.  

Total Hip Replacement

By 2030, total hip replacements in the United States are projected to grow 171%. Mako SmartRobotics™ for Total Hip is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm during bone preparation to prepare the hip socket and position the implant according to the predetermined surgical plan. In a controlled matched-paired study to measure acetabular bone resection, results suggested greater bone preservation for Mako Total Hip than manual surgery.  

“We are proud to offer this highly advanced SmartRobotics™ technology in our area,” said Mark Marsh, President and CEO of Owensboro Health. “This addition to our orthopedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.”  

Contact: Brian Hamby, Director of Owensboro Health Marketing, (O) 270-685-7749, (C) 270-316-4274, Brian.Hamby@OwensboroHealth.org.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital; Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center; the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.