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St. Margaret’s Acquires New Orthopedic Surgery Technology

Meet and Greet with Mako

St. Margaret’s Health is the first local hospital to offer Stryker’s robotic-arm assisted total knee application for use with its Mako System. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed. This system can also be used for partial knee and total hip replacement.

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 673 percent by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 30 percent of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery. Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically proven GetAroundKnee (Triathlon Total Knee System), which has enabled surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy during laboratory testing.

Dr. Paul Perona and Lacey Carls, PA-C, of the Family Orthopedic Center in Spring Valley, are now trained and certified to use this exciting new technology. Patients can find comfort knowing that they are receiving the best in care without traveling to the larger hospitals out of the area. Currently, the closest facilities to the Illinois Valley that have this equipment are located in Peoria, New Lenox, and other metropolitan areas.

“Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed by providing each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said St. Margaret’s orthopedic surgeon Paul Perona, MD.

“Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.”

“We are proud to be among the first hospitals In Illinois and the first in the Illinois Valley to offer this highly advanced robotic technology,” said Tim Muntz, President & CEO of St. Margaret’s Health. “This addition to our orthopedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.”

The Mako Total Knee application is a knee replacement treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. 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. The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.