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SJMPH Celebrates Two Years of Advanced Robotic Orthopedic Surgery in Southeast Michigan
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Port Huron, Mi...St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH) is pleased to announce it is celebrating two years of offering advanced MAKOplasty® robotic orthopedic surgery. As the first hospital in southeastern Michigan to offer MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing, and the first hospital in Michigan to offer MAKOplasty® total hip replacement, SJMPH is the leading provider of advanced robotic orthopedic surgery across the region.

July 2012 marks the Second Anniversary since SJMPH acquired the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System from MAKO® Surgical Corporation. Since the hospital unveiled the new technology in July 2010, hundreds of patients have benefited from the advanced surgery which provides for a shorter length of stay, increased mobility and a long-term alternative to a total knee surgical procedure.

MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is designed to be used with the early intervention of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. The leading cause of disabilities worldwide, osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of joint cartilage. MAKOplasty® can be performed on the inner, top or outer compartment of the knee as well as a bicompartmental procedure on both the inner and top portion of the knee. Because the surgery involves resurfacing, not a resection, it is both bone and ligament sparing with less scarring, and allows the patient to retain some of the senses critical for balance.

Due to the overwhelming success of the partial knee resurfacing program, SJMPH introduced MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty in January 2012. Patients who have undergone the procedure show incredible results and potentially reduced recovery time from its traditional counterpart. Advantages of the total hip surgical option include:

  • Accurate placement of the hip implant, which can reduce the likelihood of hip dislocation
  • More consistency in leg length, potentially decreasing the need for a shoe life
  • Decreased risk of the implant/implant and bone/implant impingement (abnormally rubbing together), may improve the lifetime of the hip replacement.

"We are extremely proud of the extensive array of robotic surgical services available to orthopedic patients in the southeast Michigan region," comments Rebekah Smith, RN, Interim President & CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron. "Our service has touched hundreds of lives over the past two years, from patients as far southwest as Wayne County and north throughout Sanilac County."

"Patients have been so satisfied with both the partial knee surgery and recovery, that we have had a number who have returned to have the procedure on a second knee," concludes Smith. "It's obvious that patients are extremely confident in our certified and highly experienced surgeons who, coupled with our clinical and surgical staff, make up the most experienced MAKOplasty® orthopedic robotic team on the eastern side of Michigan."

For a referral to one of the qualified surgeons for MAKOplasty® partial knee or total hip robotic surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, please call toll free: 1-888-MERCYME (1-888-637-2963), or visit us online at You can also look for newly scheduled robotic surgery educational events by following St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron on facebook and twitter.

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