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Mako robot takes hip, knee replacement surgery to next level at UF Health Leesburg Hospital

Hospital news | Monday, April 11, 2022

Contact: Andrea Sellers

LEESBURG, Fla. — As part of an initiative to offer the latest in surgical technology for patients, UF Health Leesburg Hospital has added a Stryker Mako robotic surgical device to its innovative orthopaedics program.

This joint replacement surgery advancement enables surgeons to perform total knee and total hip replacements with greater precision and accuracy.

“The Mako robot is a revolutionary surgical tool that complements our orthopaedic surgeons’ expertise, resulting in better outcomes, less pain and a quicker recovery for our patients,” said Heather Long, M.S.N., chief operating officer for UF Health Central Florida.

The Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted-Arm device consists of three components — three-dimensional CT-based surgery planning, robotic-arm technology that guides the surgeon to better control bone and soft tissue cutting, and data analytics. In clinical studies, the Mako robot reduced length in hospital stay and improved knee movement and soft tissue protection compared with manual surgical techniques. Patients also experienced less need for opiate pain medications.

Jay Cook, M.D. and Paul Johnson, M.D., board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at UF Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine – Leesburg, are specially trained to perform total hip and total knee arthroplasty with the Stryker Mako robotic surgical device at UF Health Leesburg Hospital.

“This highly advanced robotic technology has transformed joint replacement surgery for both the surgeon and for the patient,” Cook said. “Use of the Mako narrows the margin of error and provides a more predictable surgical experience. It enables me to be less invasive and more efficient in the operating room.”

Knee and hip replacements are a major but often necessary decision for many patients, and the need for joint replacement surgeries in Lake, Sumter and Marion counties is only growing.

“Joint replacement is a highly successful surgery that has improved dramatically over time and studies show that the average patient satisfaction rate runs between 80% to 90% after surgery,” Cook said. “We are hopeful that robotics can help push good results even higher as the precision of the surgery continues to increase.”

Long said having the technology at the hospital allows the region’s residents to get specialized medical treatment without having to travel.

“Central Florida residents no longer need to travel far from home to get the complex surgical procedures they need with excellent outcomes — it’s all right here in the community they love to call home.”