Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Now Offers MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee and Total Hip Replacement Procedures

Innovative Technology Allows Surgeons to Personalize Procedures to Each Patient Fort Walton Beach Medical Center recently announced that it is the first hospital in its area to offer robotic-arm assisted procedures. Robotic-arm assisted surgery is the latest advancement in joint replacement surgery that offers the potential for a higher level of patient-specific implant alignment and positioning. The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon controlled robotic-arm that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy. “Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed,” said Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. “The incredible precision of Mako technology benefits our patients with a truly custom fit for their joint replacements. We are proud to be the first hospital in the area to use this innovative technology. It is part of our commitment to provide our community with outstanding healthcare.” The Mako partial knee application is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Following the personalized pre-operative plan, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to execute the pre-determined surgical plan and to position the implant. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion of the knee while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint. Studies have shown robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement to be two to three times more accurate than manual partial knee replacement procedures.