HCA Virginia - June 11, 2019

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has acquired a robotic surgery system called the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology. The Mako is the latest addition to our robotic surgery capabilities as part of the Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery, an award-winning 10 facility organization in Central, Northern, and Southwest Virginia. If you are a candidate for joint replacement surgery now or in the future, this is big news. Here's what your orthopedist wants you to know:

Robotic surgery has significant benefits

Robotic surgery is changing the surgical experience of our patients. Systems like the Mako gives surgeons a better, more accurate 3D view inside your body, plus instruments that can bend and rotate far greater than the human hand for greater precision and control. The result is that patients who have robotic surgery, instead of open surgery, experience:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less blood loss during surgery
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Lower pain
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Less scarring

The Mako system is made specifically for joint replacements

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center chose the Mako system to help surgeons plan and perform joint replacement surgery. The system uses individual scans to plan the optimal surgical approach and helping surgeons make an accurate placement of implants while protecting soft tissue around the joint. This is important because every patient, and their joint anatomy, is unique.

Injury, disease and everyday wear and tear can contribute to joint problems. So can inflammation caused by injury, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and infection. Though therapies like exercise and medication can help some symptoms, often the root issue cannot be corrected without surgical intervention. Joint replacement technologies make the surgery more accessible, and more appealing to patients who have lost the mobility needed for every day activities (not to mention an active lifestyle) or experience pain that cannot be managed with therapies.

Your surgeon is always in control of your surgery

The Mako Robotic-Arm doesn't actually perform the surgery or make any movement on its own. Your surgery is under the control of your surgeon who uses the Mako robotic-arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage and insert the replacement joint implant. The robotic arm is simply an advanced tool.

How the technology works

Before surgery you'll have a CT scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the Mako System software to be used by your surgeon to create a pre-operative plan.

In the operating room, your surgeon will use the Mako system during your surgery based on the plan. When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm within the pre-defined area and the Mako system helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries. Of course, the Mako system also allows your surgeon to make adjustments during surgery as needed.

You may be a good candidate for robotic surgery

Robotic technology has revolutionized orthopedic surgery, enabling surgical sites to be tightly confined and nerves to be spared. It offers excellent accuracy and precision with less scarring, less pain, and faster recovery.

For those suffering with joint disease resulting from degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, an injury or fracture, or functional deformity of a joint, joint replacement surgery may be an option. Knowing the impact of the Mako system on the surgery itself offers peace of mind to patients.

The surgical capabilities of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center have been enhanced by robotic surgical systems, including the Mako. To find a surgeon trained on robotic surgery within our system, visit https://spotsrmc.com/physicians/.