Listen in as Dr. Andrew Ehmke, orthopedic surgeon affiliated with The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, answer questions and discuss Stryker’s new Mako™ Robotic-Arm assisted technology and how it provides a personalized surgical plan for total hip and partial knee replacements. The program will be held Wednesday, May 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and include light refreshments. Participants will have a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Seating is limited. Register to attend at patients.stryker.com/seminars or call 1-888-STRYKER (787-9537).
Silver Cross is the only facility in Will, Grundy and Kankakee Counties offering Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis. This new technology helps provide more accurate placement and alignment of a patient’s implant – all through a minimal incision.
Mako Partial Knee Replacement is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery. A pre-surgical plan is created based on a CT scan of the patient’s own 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. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.
During Mako Total Hip Replacement surgery, the Mako system 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.
To ensure that joint replacement is a success, patients attend a special program to learn exactly what to anticipate before and after the surgery, the daily expectations of rehabilitation therapy, and what you can do to recover more quickly. If additional care is needed, patients benefit from Silver Cross Home Health and The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital for inpatient and outpatient therapy. RIC has been ranked as the #1 Rehab hospital by U.S. News & World Report for 26 years in a row.