Robotic Assisted Joint Replacement | MAKOplasty | MedStar Health

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With one of the largest robotic orthopedic programs on the East Coast, the orthopedic specialists at MedStar Health use advanced technologies to plan joint replacement surgeries in advance and customize implants to the patient's anatomy. Robotic-assisted surgery offers a minimally invasive approach, resulting in most patients being discharged on the same day.

MedStar Health is at the forefront of pioneering robotic surgeries for joint replacements, improving precision and patient recovery. With advancements in technology and longer-lasting implants, younger patients are now considered for joint replacements, positioning MedStar Health as a leader in advanced healthcare.

Our fellowship trained joint replacement specialists offer the latest techniques and technologies in total hip, total knee, and partial knee replacement surgery. Surgical robots don’t replace the skills of the surgeon, but rather complement them. It’s important to understand that the robot does not operate on its own. That means it does not move unless your surgeon prompts it to. Your surgeon is still in the operating room the entire time and is making all of the decisions throughout your surgery.

Robotic orthopedic surgery uses a computer assisted, three-dimensional planning and guidance tool that gives surgeons the ability to develop a pre-operative plan for each patient, as well as optimize the fit of the implant during the surgery itself.

Robotic assisted surgery can shorten recovery times, lessen pain in recovery, increase the life of the joint, and improve patient satisfaction. Our orthopedic experts use several robotic systems. See how MedStar Health is investing in the future and leading the way in improved patient outcomes.

Dr Kenneth Tepper performs robotic-assisted surgery at MedStar Health.

Joint replacement

How does robotic joint replacement work? In the example of a knee replacement, a 3D model is formed for each patient using a CT scan of the patient’s knee. This model is used to prepare a surgical plan and determine the implant’s size and shape. During the surgery, the robotic arm is guided by the surgeon. Based on the patient-specific plan to prepare the patient’s knee joint, only the diseased bone is removed, safeguarding the healthy bone and tissue. Next, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to implant the replacement prosthesis and make real-time adjustments to fit, ligament tension, and soft tissue balance. The computerized navigation also eliminates variability, allowing the joint to work more smoothly and with less wear and tear.

Mako knee or hip replacement

Have traditional treatments failed to provide the relief you need from hip or knee pain caused by arthritis? You may be a candidate for Mako knee or hip replacement.A surgeon uses makoplasty technology to perform a knee replacement surgery at MedStar Health.

Using advanced robotic technology, Mako enables surgeons to perform joint replacement procedures with unparalleled accuracy for reduced pain, faster recovery times, and improved outcomes. With its sophisticated 3D imaging and robotic arm guidance, Mako's AccuStop™ technology helps surgeons plan and execute surgeries with remarkable precision, ensuring optimal alignment and tissue preservation.

MedStar Union Memorial was the first hospital in Maryland, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital were the first hospitals in Washington, D.C., to perform total joint replacements using Mako technology. Mako knee or hip replacement is also available at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.

Most patients are candidates for Mako knee or hip replacement as long as they have good bone quality and a specialized CT scan.

ROSA knee replacement

The ROSA, or Robotic Surgical Assistant, is offered at several MedStar Health locations. It supports surgeons performing total knee replacement with features that help them tailor the placement of your knee implant just for you.

During your procedure, ROSA utilizes a camera and optical trackers attached to your leg to know exactly where your knee is in space. If your leg moves even a fraction of an inch, the robot can tell and adjust accordingly. This helps ensure that the plan your surgeon put into place is executed as intended. Throughout your surgery, ROSA knee provides your surgeon with data about your knee. This information, combined with your surgeon’s skill, helps them know how to position your implant based on your unique anatomy.

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MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

201 E. University Pkwy.
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

9000 Franklin Square Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, DC, 20007

MedStar Health: Medical Center at Timonium

2118 Greenspring Dr.
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

MedStar Health: Orthopedics at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

18109 Prince Philip Drive
Suite 325
Olney, MD 20832

MedStar Health: Orthopedics at Annapolis

810 Bestgate Rd.
Suite 310
Annapolis, MD 21401