2,000 robotic knee, hip replacements completed at Pennsylvania orthopedic institute

Robotics

The Allegheny Health Network Orthopaedic Institute has completed more than 2,000 robotic-assisted hip and knee replacements with the Mako system at its Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa., Erie News Now reported July 27.

Mako combines 3D preoperative planning, haptic technology and data analytics to improve outcomes for total hip replacements and partial and total knee replacements. The robot is designed to prevent soft tissue damage for greater bone preservation.

"I've been using this state-of-the-art technology exclusively for over five years, and my patients do better in every way," said Patrick DeMeo, MD, chair of the orthopedic institute. "They recover faster, have less pain and function more naturally than when surgery is performed via the traditional methods."

Allegheny Health surgeons have performed more than 4,000 procedures with the Mako robot, according to the report.

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