Adena offers robot-assisted orthopedic surgery


Adena Health System is now the only hospital in south central Ohio to offer patients a robot-assisted orthopedic surgery option. A new set of Stryker’s Mako Systems is giving Adena’s orthopedic surgeons the option to offer robot-assisted total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements.

The Mako System is highly-advanced robotic technology that transforms how joint replacement surgery is performed. It gives surgeons and patients a more predictable joint replacement experience, enabling the surgeon to create a personalized surgical plan based on the patient’s unique anatomy. The Mako System also allows physicians to virtually modify the plan during surgery and assists the surgeon with bone cuts.

Adena orthopedic surgeon M.D. Brian Cohen recently performed the system’s first four operations using the new orthopedic surgical robot.

“With the Mako System, I am able to deliver a personalized surgical experience based on a patient’s specific diagnosis and anatomy. Using CT technology, Mako creates a virtual 3D model of the area requiring surgery, which allows me to create a detailed surgical plan before ever entering the operating room,” Cohen said. “In surgery, I can guide the robotic-arm to execute the plan and make any needed adjustments. I’m excited we are now able to offer this advanced technology to our patients in the region, giving them state-of-the-art care, and keeping them close to home.”

In a robotic-arm assisted partial knee procedure, the doctor can selectively target only the part of the knee that is damaged by osteoarthritis. This allows the surgeon to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the joint. Studies have shown robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement to be two to three times more accurate than manual partial knee replacement procedures.

As baby boomers continue to age, the demand for joint replacement is expected to rise over the next decade. By 2030, total knee replacements in the U.S. are expected to increase by 673 percent, while primary total hip replacements are estimated to increase by 174 percent.

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Submitted by Jason Gilham, communications manager, Adena Health System.

Adena orthopedic surgeon M.D. Brian Cohen (center) is shown during Mako System training in Tampa, Fla. orthopedic surgeon M.D. Brian Cohen (center) is shown during Mako System training in Tampa, Fla.

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