Swedish/Issaquah Adds Robotic-Assisted, Partial-Knee Replacement or ‘Resurfacing’ Procedure; Free Ed

Swedish/Issaquah Adds Robotic-Assisted, Partial-Knee Replacement or ‘Resurfacing’ Procedure; Free Educational Seminars Scheduled for March 14, April 4

ISSAQUAH, WASH., March 6, 2012 – In 2010 the Swedish Orthopedic Institute (SOI) became the first facility in the Puget Sound area to perform MAKOplasty®, a new partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to treat early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis. This procedure, which may be a viable alternative to total knee replacement or traditional manual partial knee resurfacing, is now available at Swedish/Issaquah.

“We are really pleased we can offer Eastside residents access to this state-of-the-art technology,” said SOI-affiliated orthopedic surgeon Gregory Komenda, M.D., who is with Proliance Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine. “We believe MAKOplasty offers an alternative for osteoarthritis patients who have not responded to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.”

MAKOplasty is powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which was developed by MAKO Surgical Corp. It uses 3-D visualization to help the surgeon identify only the arthritic portion of the knee that needs treatment. Rather than a large incision to open the entire knee, the procedure is performed through a three- to four-inch incision, which preserves as much of the natural bone and tissue as possible. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again. This means less scarring and blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery. In fact, many patients return to an active lifestyle within weeks of the procedure. Millions of Americans suffer from osteoarthritis and a large percentage of them are diagnosed when the disease is in the early stages. For many people with chronic knee pain, MAKOplasty could be a viable alternative to total knee replacement or traditional manual partial knee resurfacing.

“Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide,” said Dr. Komenda. “This technology allows us to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis sooner and with much greater precision.”

Good candidates for MAKOplasty typically have three common characteristics: knee pain with activity on the inner knee, under the kneecap or the outer knee; pain or stiffness when starting from a sitting position; and failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. The system develops a pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning based on a CT scan of the patient’s knee. During the procedure, the system creates a live 3-D virtual view of the bone surface and correlates it to the pre-programmed surgical plan.

“The robotic arm provides real-time tactile, auditory and visual feedback,” said Dr. Komenda. “This helps surgeons accurately balance the knee and correctly position the implants.”

The time required for a MAKOplasty procedure and the cost are comparable to traditional partial knee replacement. It is covered by most Medicare-approved plans and private health insurers.

For More Information

For more information about MAKOplasty, visit www.swedish.org/mako and www.swedish.org/livekneesurgery. To schedule an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon who performs this procedure at Swedish/Issaquah, call 425-313-7000.

Free, Upcoming Educational Seminars at Swedish/Issaquah

Free educational seminars about this new robotic-assisted, partial-knee replacement (‘resurfacing’) procedure will be held at Swedish/Issaquah (751 N.E. Blakely Dr., Conference Center, Level 2) on Wednesday, March 14 from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday, April 4 from 6-8 p.m. Attendees will get the chance to learn about this minimally invasive procedure for osteoarthritis, think about whether it might be a good option for them, and ask questions of the orthopedic surgeons who perform the procedure at Swedish/Issaquah. To register, visit www.swedish.org/classes, select ‘Health and Wellness,’ choose ‘Eastside,’ and scroll down to select ‘Joint Replacement: The Right Choice for You?’

About Swedish Orthopedic Institute

Opened in 2008, SOI – which is located on Swedish’s First Hill campus in Seattle (601 Broadway) – was the first dedicated orthopedic facility of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and today is one of the largest in the United States. For more information, visit www.swedish.org/orthopedics.  

About Swedish

Swedish has grown over the last 102 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 11,000 employees, more than 2,800 physicians and 1,700 volunteers. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group – a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.swedishcares.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.

Swedish is affiliated with Providence Health & Services, which is a Catholic, not-for-profit organization founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1856 with 27 hospitals, 214 physician clinics and almost 53,000 employees across five states. Based in Renton, Wash., Providence Health & Services provides strategic and management services to integrated health-care systems in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington state. For more information, visit www.providence.org.  

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Media Coverage

  • To read a related article posted March 9, 2012 on KOMONews.com/Bellevue, click here.
  • To read a related article posted March 21, 2012 on the Issaquah Press Web site, click here.
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