New method speeds up recovery, feels more natural post-op.
Covenant Health today (July 11) is announcing MAKOplasty®, a technology taking partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement
surgery to a new level of precision. The innovative process helps repair
patients’ knees in a less invasive way, preserving more of the patient’s
natural knee while speeding up recovery. For the hip, it enables more
accurate alignment and positioning of implants. Covenant Health is the
first and only provider to offer such technology in the West Texas region.
“We believe it is our responsibility to provide our patients with
the latest, most advanced technology and techniques available,”
said Walt Cathey, CEO, Covenant Medical Center. “Health care continues
to deliver better technology, providing patients with better experience,
better outcomes and more value. The release of MAKOplasty is an example
of such technology.”
Dr. David Shephard of Lubbock Sports Medicine, and the only orthopedic
surgeon currently performing MAKOplasty in Lubbock, said that compared
to a total knee replacement, the new procedure is less invasive. He said
MAKO partial knee replacement is for the patient with knee arthritis that
only involves one area of the knee.
“It allows me to replace only the diseased portion of the knee while
the rest of the natural knee is preserved,” Shephard said. “The
bonus is that recovery time can be shorter, pain may be less, and more
natural function recovered. Also, because it is based on CT scan and includes
use of the robotic arm, it is extremely accurate.”
Shephard also said accurate alignment and positioning of implants using
traditional manual total hip replacement techniques can be challenging.
“Getting implants positioned correctly is an important aspect in
improving surgical outcomes and the lifespan of the implants used for
hip replacement,” Shephard said. “This technology enables
us to more accurately achieve the biomechanical alignments to fit the
patient’s unique anatomy.”
The new procedures are performed using the RIO® system (Robotic arm Interactive Orthopedic system). For knees, this enables
the surgeon to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan that details
the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning
using a CT scan of the patient’s own knee. For hips, the system
provides a patient-specific 3-D image of the patient’s hip based
on a pre-operative CT scan. Using the 3-D model, the surgeon can then
plan the optimal size and position of hip implant components.
For appointments, please call Covenant Health, at (806) 725-0514.