Several patients at Salina Regional Health Center have now undergone robotic-arm-assisted total-knee, partial-knee and total-hip replacement surgeries with the Stryker Mako System that became available this summer. The robotic technology transforms the way joint-replacement surgery is performed and enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.

“With Mako, we can provide patients with a more personalized surgical experience based on their diagnosis and anatomy,” Timothy Hawkes, an orthopedic surgeon with Salina Regional Orthopedic Clinic, stated in a news release.

Demand for joint replacements is expected to rise in the next decade. Fifty-two million adults are affected by arthritis, making it the leading cause of disability in the United States. Mako total knee surgeries are designed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify implant size, orientation and alignment based on a patient’s unique anatomy.