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The Future of Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Steven Atchison with Specialists Hospital Shreveport speaks to WAFB's Phil Rainier about the MAKOplasty procedure and its future in Orthopedic Surgery. Check out Dr. Atchison's interview on WAFB.com
Surgery Helps Osteoarthritis Patients
Two long time friends go under the knife together. Check out the story at KTBS.com and watch the Healthline 3 interview with Dr. Steven Atchison and Dr. William Overdyke about MAKOplasty.
MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing
The MAKOplasty® procedure is indicated for patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease. Therefore, a total knee replacement (for tricompartmental knee disease) is sometimes necessary if your surgeon discovers during surgery that your knee has more damage than originally seen in the pre-operative X-rays and CT scan.
Unlike Total Knee Replacement, MAKOplasty® is a resurfacing of the joint with much less bone being removed. Soft tissues and ligaments remain untouched which allows for an overall less invasive procedure. MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis in either the medial, patellofemoral - or both - compartments of the knee. It is powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows for consistently reproducible precision in performing partial knee resurfacing.
Surgeons use RIO® to perform MAKOplasty® through a smaller incision than that required for traditional total knee replacement surgery. During the procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.
MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing can:
- Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
- Result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional knee replacement surgery
- Be performed on an outpatient basis
- Promote a rapid relief from pain and return to daily activities
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any knee surgical procedure, including MAKOplasty®. Your doctor can explain these risks and help determine if MAKOplasty® is right for you.
To learn more and request a free DVD about MAKOplasty call 866-759-9679.
Click here to download the Patient Education Pamphlet (444 KB, PDF)
First “Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement” In the State
Performed by Dr. Steven Atchison at Specialists Hospital Shreveport
New Technology Can Help People with Osteoarthritis of the Knee Enjoy Quicker Recovery and More Natural Feeling after Surgery
Shreveport, LA – July 20, 2010 – “My knee was worn out. It was bone on bone with no relief from the pain,” says 52-year-old Billy Arrant, a Shreveport city employee, who tried just about everything to relieve his knee pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA). He considered having a total knee replacement procedure until his surgeon, Dr. Steven Atchison, presented him with a new surgical option that had never been performed in the state of Louisiana. It’s called MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing, and it’s powered by a surgeon guided robotic arm. This technology enables increased precision in performing this minimally invasive procedure, which preserves bone, spares surrounding tissue and promotes quicker healing compared to total knee replacement.
MAKOplasty is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee that has not yet impacted the entire knee. Patients may experience a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and a smaller incision as compared to total knee replacement. In addition, many return to an active lifestyle within weeks of the procedure. During MAKOplasty, surgeons utilize the RIO robotic arm system, which features a tactile robotic arm and a 3-D virtual patient specific visualization system.
“I walked down the hallway four or five hours after surgery, and it didn’t hurt. I put pressure on it, and it didn’t hurt,” says Arrant. Walking away from pain after surgery is a reality for thousands of other MAKOplasty patients treated at some 40 sites across the country. But, it did not become available locally, until Dr. Atchison and the physicians at Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana teamed up with Specialists Hospital Shreveport to purchase this latest innovative technology.
“This is the first and only MAKOplasty ‘Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement’ system available in Louisiana, Arkansas and Northeast Texas; including the Dallas area,” says Dr. Atchison. “We are excited to bring this technology here, so that all those who suffer with debilitating knee pain caused by osteoarthritis - can find relief from the pain, and enjoy a better quality of life.”
Just a few days after surgery, Arrant says, “My wife says I’m getting around better than ever."
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, nearly 15 million people suffer with Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. OA is the most common form of arthritis with pain and limited range of motion being the primary symptoms and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
OA is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of joint cartilage. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a cushion between the bones of a joint. A normal knee glides smoothly because cartilage covers the ends of the bones that form the joints. With OA, the top layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away, allowing bones under the cartilage to rub together.
OA generally manifests itself in three progressive stages and most often begins in the inside, or medial compartment of the knee, but may begin in the outside, or lateral compartment (early-stage). Untreated, OA in one compartment may progress into a second compartment of the knee causing increased pain and reduced mobility (mid-stage). When the disease ultimately affects all three compartments of the knee (late-stage), pain is often severe and treatment is generally limited to total knee replacement, an invasive procedure which removes the natural knee joint and replaces it with an artificial joint.