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January 27, 2014- DMC Surgery Hospital in Madison Heights Now Offering MAKOplasty

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Surgery Hospital in Madison Heights announced that it is now performing MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing, a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.  MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery and is performed using RIO®, a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system.

One of two DMC MAKOplasty systems and one of five in Michigan, MAKOplasty takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision through its innovative use of technology. MAKOplasty potentially offers the following benefits as compared to total knee surgery:

  • Reduced pain;
  • Minimal hospitalization;
  • More rapid recovery;
  • Less implant wear and loosening;
  • Smaller scar;
  • Better motion and a more natural feeling knee.

The RIO® system enables the surgeon to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s own knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan.  As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, auditory and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for real time adjustments and more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.

“Precision is key in planning and performing partial knee surgeries,” said Dr. Stephen Lemos, Chief of DMC Surgery Hospital and President of DMC Sports Medicine. “For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right.  Precision in surgery, and in the pre-operative planning process, is what RIO can deliver, for each individual patient.”

DMC Surgery Hospital is hosting a free, educational community event with Dr. Lemos to learn about MAKOplasty Saturday, February 8 at 9 a.m. The event is located at the Venetian Banquet and Conference Center, located at 29310 John R Road in Madison Heights.   

For more information about MAKOplasty and for event registration, call 1-888-DMC-2500.

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