Robotic Partial Knee Resurfacing and Total Hip Replacement
Specialists Hospital Shreveport was the first in Louisiana to bring MAKOplasty® to the state in July 2010 and one of the first of forty hospitals in the country to introduce this amazing and innovative technology to patients suffering from knee and hip pain. Specialists’ own, Dr. Steven Atchison, was the first orthopedic surgeon in Louisiana to perform a MAKOplasty® (partial knee resurfacing) and along with his partners, Dr. David Googe, Dr. G. Michael Haynie and Dr. Val Irion, has since performed over 600 such procedures. Currently, Dr. Atchison is a training surgeon for MAKOplasty® with orthopedic surgeons from around the country travelling to learn more about MAKOplasty® at Specialists Hospital Shreveport.
The MAKOplasty® procedure is indicated for patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease. Unlike Total Knee Replacement, MAKOplasty® is a resurfacing of the joint with much less bone being removed. Soft tissues and ligaments remain untouched which allows for an overall less invasive procedure. MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis in either the medial, patellofemoral – or both – compartments of the knee. It is powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows for consistently reproducible precision in performing partial knee resurfacing. Surgeons use RIO® to perform MAKOplasty® through a smaller incision than that required for traditional total knee replacement surgery. During the procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.
Specialists patients who undergo MAKOplasty® will spend one night in the hospital and be able to observe a physical therapy routine and exercises taught to them prior to their discharge from the hospital, at home.