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Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center Now Offers Advanced Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement Procedures

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, part of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, is one of the first hospitals in the greater Richmond area to offer partial knee and total hip replacements for patients with Stryker’s Mako System.Total knee replacements with Mako will be offered in the fall.

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, this robot assists surgeons in performing minimally-invasive joint replacement surgery to provide patients with a personalized surgical experience. 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.

“We are proud to be among the first hospitals to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in our area,” said Chris Accashian, CEO, St. Francis Medical Center. “The addition of Mako to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding health care. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology to perform total hip and partial knee replacements, with total knee replacement ability coming in the fall.”