Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center Now Offering Advanced Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement Procedures

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center is the second Bon Secours hospital in the greater Richmond area to offer robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery for patients, including partial knee, total knee and total hip replacements.

The demand for joint replacements is expected to rise in the next decade in the United States; total knee replacements are estimated to increase by 673 percent by 2030, while primary total hip replacements are estimated to increase by 174 percent, according to The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Utilizing a virtual three-dimensional model of the knee or hip, Stryker’s Mako System robot assists surgeons in performing minimally-invasive joint replacement surgery to provide patients with a personalized surgical experience. 

“We are proud to offer the Mako System at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center,” said Leigh Sewell, president, Memorial Regional Medical Center. “This advanced technology will allow us to offer a quality alternative treatment option for joint replacement surgeries and continue to improve the overall experience for our patients.”

A total hip procedure is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip. During surgery, the surgeon guides the Mako robotic-arm during bone preparation to prepare the hip socket and position the implant according to the pre-determined surgical plan.

A partial knee procedure 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. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can use the Mako robotic-arm to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint. The Mako Total Knee application is a knee replacement treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.