August 10, 2021

Take Me Out to the Robotic Joint Replacement Seminar!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the event on 8/19 has been cancelled. We have plans for a virtual event in the future. Thank you for your understanding. 

Central Indiana Orthopedics (CIO) and Stryker recently visited Victory Field to educate those suffering with painful hip or knee arthritis about the benefits of Mako SmartRobotics™, an innovative technology used during hip and knee replacement surgery that results in a more accurate procedure, less pain and a quicker recovery.

On August 19, CIO and Stryker will return to Victory Field to host a free educational seminar in a more intimate setting for those who want to learn more about the technology. Dinner will be provided.

During the seminar, attendees will learn the benefits of Mako technology and how the robot assists the surgeon during hip or knee replacement surgery. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with CIO Mako-certified orthopedic surgeons Drs David Graybill, Joseph Jerman and P. Jamieson Kay.

In fact, Drs Graybill and Kay have been Mako knee replacement patients themselves! Dr. Graybill recently joined an Indy Style segment to share his perspective as a Mako surgeon and patient, and discussed how Mako technology can get you back to whatever you love doing.

“Hip and knee replacement has the opportunity to really improve a person’s quality of life,” Dr. Graybill said. “I’ve had both my knees replaced with this technology, and I did great. I was off narcotics in a couple days, back to operating at four weeks and was able to go hiking on fairly aggressive trails at five weeks.”

Dr. Graybill also shared answers to questions we hear often about Mako SmartRobotics™ technology.

Why is lower extremity arthritis more relevant today?

“Arthritis is a growing problem and can be associated with several factors, including an increase in age, multiple injuries or trauma and/or family history or genetics,” Dr. Graybill said. “With much of the population, especially the Baby Boomer generation remaining active in middle age and beyond, we are seeing an increased burden on individuals with significant hip and knee arthritis.”

The growing number of people with hip or knee arthritis struggle to remain active, which leads to not only poor quality of life, but also increases in obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Fortunately, hip and knee replacement are both extremely successful procedures at restoring quality of life and function.

What is Mako SmartRobotics™?

Mako SmartRobotics™ is both a planning and surgical tool that enables our patients to have a more predictable experience when undergoing joint replacement surgery. Main benefits include:

  • Implants are placed in a perfect anatomic position for each patient, enabling better post-surgical movement and flexibility
  • The surgeon is able to cut less bone, which causes fewer trauma and reduced risk of surgical complications
  • With fewer trauma, the patient typically experiences less pain, uses less pain medication and in general recovers more quickly

Mako technology can be used in total hip and total/partial knee replacement procedures.

How is robotic technology used in joint replacement surgery?

The surgeon uses the technology to map out a personalized surgical plan using a 3D CT-based planning software so they can know more about your anatomy to carry out a personalized joint replacement procedure. The patient’s bone anatomy and soft tissues are measured live during surgery, which allows the surgeon to determine the ideal position of implants based on the anatomy of the bone, as well as soft tissues.

In the knee, this allows the surgeon to determine the best way to balance the ligaments prior to making bone cuts. In the hip, the surgeon can assess things before bone preparation to optimize position to reduce the risk of impingement, which can lead to dislocation. The surgeon gets objective data during the procedure to guide decisions, and the robotic arm allows the surgeon to execute this plan.

“We can attach instruments to prepare the bone for hip and knee replacement,” Dr. Graybill said. “The robotic arm has something called “haptic robotic control,” which allows a high degree of precision, approximately 1 mm or 1 degree of precision. If the surgeon is out of the pre-planned area during surgery, the device stops.”

This haptic robotic control feature protects the patient and allows precise and individualized placement of the implant.

How long has Central Indiana Orthopedics been using Mako SmartRobotics™ technology?

Central Indiana Orthopedics is proud to be one of the earliest adopters of Mako SmartRobotics™, and the first orthopedic practice in the region to utilize Mako technology. To date, we’ve helped over 700 patients get back to doing what they love with Mako-assisted surgeries.

Our Mako-certified hip and knee surgeons have the option to perform your surgery at our outpatient Fishers or Muncie surgery centers, or at Ascension St. Vincent Fishers Hospital.

If hip or knee pain is keeping you from the activities you love, then take the first step toward recovery. Reserve your spot to attend this educational event with Drs Graybill, Kay and Jerman.


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