Methodist McKinney Hospital is proud to be the area’s first hospital to offer the new robotic-arm-assisted total knee application designed for use with Stryker’s existing Mako System. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed with a new level of sophistication.

More than 600,000 total knee replacements are done annually in the United States, and that number is expected to exceed three million in less than 15 years[1]. Mako Total Knee combines the advanced robotic technology from Stryker with its clinically proven GetAroundKnee (Triathlon Total Knee System) and enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy during laboratory testing[2].

“Mako’s robotic surgery system is incredible—we and our patients have had great success with it,” said Charles Toulson, M.D. “With this new application, we get a closer look at the patient’s unique bone structure and alignment and can create a more targeted surgical plan. With this kind of insight, we can work faster and with an even higher degree of accuracy, and that translates to faster healing and consistently positive outcomes.”

Methodist McKinney Hospital first introduced the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery technology to its facility in 2013.

The Mako Total Knee application is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on patient anatomy. The Mako System also lets surgeons virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively.

“Our hospital and its leaders believe strongly in utilizing modern technologies that help ensure clinical accuracy and operational efficiency,” said Joe Minissale, president, Methodist McKinney Hospital. “Every healthcare solution—including surgery—is constantly evolving and improving, and to best serve our patient population we have to act on and incorporate these advances and not just do things as they’ve always been done.”

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[1] Kurtz SM, Lau E, Ong K, Zhao K, Kelly M, Bozic KJ. Future young patient demand for primary and revision joint replacement: national projections from 2010 to 2030. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Oct;467(10):2606-12. Epub 2009 Apr 10.

[2] Hampp EL, Scholl LY, Prieto M, Chang T, Abbasi AZ, Bhowmik-Stoker M, Otto JK, Jacofsky DJ, Mont MA. “Accuracy Assessment of Robotic and Manual TKA in a Cadaveric Model.” Robotic-arm assisted total knee arthroplasty demonstrated greater accuracy to plan compared to manual technique. ORS 2017 Annual Meeting. San Diego. Poster No.2412.