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Robotic Surgery at DMC

Detroit Medical Center now offers a new category of minimally invasive surgery for patients: the da Vinci Surgical System and MAKOplasty. It is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy.

da Vinci® Surgical System

Surgeons employing the da Vinci System perform major surgery through the smallest of incisions. Imagine having the benefits of a definitive treatment but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal daily activities – as well as the potential for better clinical outcomes.

With the da Vinci Surgical System, DMC surgeons and hospitals are re-writing accepted standards for surgical care.e da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery. Since its introduction, the da Vinci System has been used successfully in tens of thousands of procedures. Its safety and efficacy have been documented in hundreds of clinical publications. e literature supporting da Vinci’s use is extensive, covering all surgical specialties where the System is used.


DMC surgeons employ the da Vinci® Surgical System in procedures that treat a range of conditions:

• Bladder Cancer

• Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgery

• Colorectal Cancer

• Endometriosis

• Gynecologic Cancer

• Heavy Uterine Bleeding

• Kidney Disorders

• Kidney Cancer

• Mitral Valve Prolapse

• Obesity

• Prostate Cancer

• Throat Cancer

• Thyroid Cancer

• Uterine Fibroids

• Uterine Prolapse

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MAKOplasty at DMC 

MAKOplasty is a Detroit Medical Center robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, your DMC Orthopaedic surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing Can:

  • enable surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee
  • preserve healthy tissue and bone
  • facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
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  • result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement surgery

Unlike other more invasive procedures, MAKOplasty can often be performed through a four to six inch incision over your knee with small incisions in both your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin). Additionally the preservation of your own natural bone and tissue along with more ideal patient specific implant positioning may also result in a more natural feeling knee. And since healthy bone is preserved, Detroit Medical Center patients who undergo MAKOplasty partial knee procedures may still be a candidate for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.

The MAKOplasty procedure at DMC is indicated for patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease. A total replacement is sometimes necessary if your surgeon discovers during surgery that your knee has more damage than originally seen in the pre-operative X-rays and CT scan.

Your physician should discuss the specific risks associated with MAKOplasty and other treatment options with you. In addition, you should be informed of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions by your surgeon or his or her staff.

As a knee arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty is typically covered by Medicare insurers- check with your private health insurers. In some cases it may be performed on an outpatient basis depending on what your surgeon determines is the right course of treatment for you.

Meet our Doctors


Roland Brandt, DO

Philip Schmitt, DO

Eugene Mitchell, DO

Stephen E. Lemos, MD, PhD.

Joseph Finch, D.O.

Get More Information
Download a MAKOplasty Education Brochure
Download a MAKOplasty Pre-operative Guide

Click here for Upcoming MAKOplasty Educational Programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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