Long Beach Memorial Now Offers Hip and Knee Procedures with New Advanced Robotic Arm Technology

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Long Beach Memorial is the first in Long Beach and north Orange County to offer MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing and MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement procedures, performed using the RIO®  Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, by MAKO Surgical Corp. RIO is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants.

“Accuracy is key in planning and performing both partial knee and total hip procedures,” says Douglas Garland, M.D., medical director, MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center, Long Beach Memorial. “For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right. RIO enables surgeons to personalize partial knee and total hip arthroplasties to achieve optimal results at a level of accuracy and reproducibility previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation.”

The RIO System features a patient-specific visualization system and proprietary tactile robotic arm technology that is integrated with intelligent surgical instruments. It assists surgeons in pre-planning and in treating each patient uniquely and with consistently reproducible procedure.

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery. A pre-surgical plan is created based on a CT scan of the patient’s knee, and the surgeon uses the robotic arm during surgery to resurface the diseased portion of the knee - sparing healthy bone and surrounding tissue for a more natural feeling knee. The implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

During MAKOplasty Total Hip Replacement surgery, RIO provides visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation and implant positioning to match the pre-surgical plan. After first preparing the femur or thighbone, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to accurately ream and shape the acetabulum socket in the hip, and then implant the cup at the correct depth and orientation. The surgeon then implants the femoral implant. MAKOplasty offers the confidence of more accurate cup placement and accurate leg length restoration.

“We are proud to offer this innovative technology in Long Beach,” says Pamela Chevreaux, vice president, MemorialCare Rehabilitation Institute, Long Beach Memorial. “It is part of our commitment to provide our community with the best possible health care.”