Robot-Assisted Joint Replacement Surgery 

Providence Health-Northeast is pleased to be the first in Columbia to offer Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement. This innovative technology  can increase the amount of healthy bone and ligament that is spared surrounding the joint, which improves post-operative mobility and comfort.

Mako Robotic Surgery Arm at Providence Health Northeast

Providence Health-Northeast is offering all of these capacities starting in June 2018. 

How does it work?

First of all, it is important to note that robotic-assisted surgery is operated by an orthopedic surgeon, following a procedural plan created by that surgeon custom-tailored to the needs of the individual.

The advantages of this procedure stem from the robot's software which turns a CT scan of the diseased joint into an interactive detailed 3D model in which the surgeon pre-plans the procedure.

The robot produces 3D imagery allowing the surgeon to see and measure the patient's joint and surrounding tissue by virtually moving through the region of the affected area.

This allows for adjustments, considerations, and alterations to be made as the surgeon walks through the process virtually before any incision is made. 

Once the surgeon's plan for surgery is programmed into the technology of the robot, the surgeon can execute the procedure with precise accuracy based on the exact dimensions of the individual's diseased hip or knee. 

In addition to the three-dimensional pre-surgical planning, the robot provides real-time visual, tactile, and auditory feedback during the procedure to ensure accurate resurfacing and implant positioning, which can result in more natural knee motion for the patient following surgery.

What are the benefits of Robotic-Assisted Technology for the Patient?

  • Smaller Incisions
  • Faster Recovery
  • Optimal Implant Placement for Potentially More Comfort
  • Potentially Reduced Impact to Surrounding Tissue

How do I get an appointment?

For robotic-assisted total joint replacement, make an appointment with one of the surgeons who can perform the procedure. You may need a referral from your physician, depending on your insurance provider.

Call 800-424-DOCS for a list of Mako Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement surgeons in Columbia.  

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