New robotics arm at PMC

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Dr. Kevin Borchard will begin using the new Stryker Robotics Mako Arm Assisted Surgery System this month.

RBC |  “As the Chief of Staff at Pioneers Medical Center, I am excited about blending the incredible talents of Dr. Kevin Borchard with the great technology of Stryker Mako Robotics. This combination is going to take the orthopedic care at Pioneers to new levels,” said Pioneers Medical Center Chief of Staff Chris Williams, M.D. In January, Dr. Borchard will begin using the Mako Arm Assisted Surgery System with his patients.

Over the past several months Pioneers staff has been researching the feasibility and opportunities to invest in the growing field of orthopedics. One in seven Americans suffer from an orthopedic impairment. Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 189 percent by 2030.

“Pioneers is in a unique position to take advantage of Dr. Borchard and his fellowship-trained experience to further develop the level of care offered here in Meeker,” Williams said. The Mako Robotics is a robotic Arm Assisted Surgery System that enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience. It is a tool that enhances the preciseness in which the surgeries are performed, as well as, increases patient safety. A tremendous value the robotics brings to the surgery happens before the surgery itself. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons 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 creating a customized design of the replacement knee or hip pieces. This facilitates ideal implant sizing and positioning that can result in a more natural feeling joint following surgery and more rapid recovery than traditional joint replacement surgery. During surgery, Dr. Borchard can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while he guides the robotic-arm to execute that plan.

“It’s exciting for Pioneers to be an early adopter of this technology,” Williams said.

Special to the Herald Times