Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 04/22/2014 01:20 PM
Updated by: John_Hamilton on 04/22/2014 02:57 PM
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Sonora Regional Medical Center Names MAKOplasty® Robot
Sonora, CA ...The Center for Joint Replacement and its panel of orthopedic surgeons have selected the name MaRIO as the winning entry for the MAKOplasty® robot. Sonora Regional Medical Center employee Poline King submitted the winning name. The assembly of surgeons received over 170 suggestions over the course of five weeks. The name is based on the highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system, RIO®, used to perform MAKOplasty® procedures. The RIO® system enables the surgeon to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan using a CT scan of the patient’s knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan. As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, the RIO® system provides tactile, auditory and visual feedback, limiting the bone preparation to just the diseased areas. This process helps preserve more of the patient’s knee while providing optimal positioning of the implant.
Dr. Christopher Krpan, DO, one of five orthopedic surgeons trained to perform MAKOplasty® at Sonora Regional Medical Center, is excited about the abilities this technology gives this community. “The hospital continues to show a commitment to this community that no one else has been able to match,” says Dr. Krpan. “The hospital not only provides excellent patient care, but also provides major expenditures for the development of continued medical programs that contribute to top-notch care.”MAKOplasty® is a minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery option for adults living with knee pain. This procedure is for those with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. The Medical Center is the first to acquire this technology in the region and is one of just 161 hospitals out of over 5,500 in the nation to offer MAKOplasty®. “This puts us in the top 4% of hospitals in the country,” says Dr. Krpan. “It allows for a level of precision in partial joint replacement of the knee that we have never had before in our small Mother Lode community.”
MAKOplasty® potentially offers the following benefits as compared to total knee surgery:
- Reduced pain
- Minimal hospitalization
- More rapid recovery
- Less implant wear and loosening
- Smaller scar
- Better motion and a more natural feeling knee
The opportunity for early intervention is important as osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Call the Center for Joint Replacement at 536-3366 for more information and to find out if you might be a good candidate for MAKOplasty®.
About Sonora Regional Medical Center
Sonora Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit 152-bed health care facility including 72 acute beds, 12 swing beds, 68 skilled nursing beds and a large network of clinics, owned and operated by Adventist Health/Roseville, California. In addition to emergency and acute care services, other Sonora Regional Medical Center services include advanced cardiac care, cancer center, diagnostic imaging, home health, hospice, intensive care, obstetrics, rural health, surgical services, wellness center, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen, and over 20 primary care, urgent care and specialty clinics. The Medical Center provided care for a total of 4,500 admissions, 528 deliveries, 22,994 emergency department visits, 288,542 outpatient visits and 37,225 home care visits in 2012. Staffed by over 165 physicians, 1,260 employees, and 175 volunteers, Sonora Regional Medical Center is the largest private employer in Tuolumne County. To find a physician in the area, contact the Physician Referral Line at (209) 536-3344.
For more information about the Medical Center visit www.sonoramedicalcenter.org.
About Adventist Health
Sonora Regional Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,900 includes more than 21,200 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,200 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 180 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit www.AdventistHealth.org for more information.
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