Illinois orthopedic surgeon completes 1,000th robotic joint replacement


Edmund Raycraft, MD, has completed more than 1,000 robotic-assisted surgeries with Stryker's Mako system, NBC affiliate WAND reported  Feb. 12.

Dr. Raycraft, who practices at Decatur (Ill.) Memorial Hospital, has performed 651 total or partial knee replacements and 363 hip replacements with the technology.

The Mako robot uses imaging software to create a joint model to ensure implants are accurately placed. It is designed to protect soft tissue and ligaments from damage.

"Even a very experienced orthopedic surgeon can't match the precision it provides," Dr. Raycraft told WAND. "Higher accuracy in cutting and positioning means less damage to healthy tissue and bone, which means less pain and a shorter recovery for the patient."

Decatur Memorial is the fourth-largest user of Mako in the region, according to the report.

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