Sharp Hospitals Announce Robotic‐Assisted Total Knee Replacement Surgery Using MAKOplasty Technology. Photo courtesy Sharp Hospitals.

On May 5, Sharp Coronado Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Jeremy McCandless performed the first San Diego Robotic-Assisted Total Knee Replacement using MAKOplasty Technology.

“Precise planning used with the robotic assisted technology allows unprecedented accuracy in restoring the knee’s natural movement and the early results are very impressive“ McCandless said. 

Sharp Coronado Hospital and Sharp Grossmont Hospitals are the first in San Diego County to offer robotic‐assisted total knee surgery with the leading‐edge MAKOplasty robot. Sharp Grossmont’s maiden surgery is scheduled for May 10.

This innovative technology advances the treatment of severe arthritis by allowing surgeons to be more precise during surgery. By combining the accuracy of computer design with robotic capabilities, a surgical knee replacement can now function more like a normal knee.

Fifty‐two million adults are currently affected by arthritis, making it the leading cause of disability in the United States.  It is estimated that an active and aging population will present a more than 600 percent increase in demand for total knee replacements by the year 2030; these surgeries call for enhanced accuracy and long-term efficacies.

The MAKO robot offers accuracy for surgeons and a more customized approach for minimally invasive total knee replacement surgeries. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy.  Surgeons are able to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively. Patient outcomes can also result in more natural knee motion and increased stability after surgery.  

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