HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (February 14, 2020) The Orthopedic Institute surgeons, James Sikes, M.D., and Neal Gregg, M.D., of Southern Bone & Joint Specialists, P.A., performed the state’s first bilateral MAKO® robotic knee procedure on Thursday, February 6, in Hattiesburg.
The MAKO system allows the surgeon to view the needed changes and steps for a successful surgery before making any bone cuts. This is done through a CT scan and preplanning that is done by the surgeon and a trained MAKO professional.
“The Orthopedic Institute is proud to offer the latest surgical technology and procedures to our community,” said Steve Jackson, administrator for The Orthopedic Institute. “Our highly-skilled physicians and staff strive to deliver excellent care in a compassionate, patient-friendly environment.”
According to Blake Conn with Southern Medical Technologies, both surgeons have significant experience using the Stryker MAKO robot, but this was the first time that it has been used for both knees (bilateral) with two different physicians.
“This is big because the MAKO robot allows for reproducible results that can’t be matched from any other traditional method,” Conn said. “It’s very exciting to see where this technology is taking orthopedics.”
According to Conn, there are several studies that have been done that show quicker recovery, less hospital stay, and better long-term results for patients.
“This technology, combined with a proven implant that has been used for more than 14 years from Stryker, should give patients a better sense of security going into surgery,” he said.
“Double knee replacements in patients have always been especially successful, and this advanced technology will further accelerate their recovery,” said Sikes.
The system also provides for a safer operation due to the haptic or “touch” feedback that protects soft tissue and other critical parts of the knee area that have previously been subject to damage. This haptic aspect is one of the things that really sets the MAKO system apart from its competition, according to Conn.
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James Sikes, M.D., and Neal Gregg, M.D., of Southern Bone & Joint Specialists, P.A., perform the state’s first bilateral MAKO® robotic knee procedure at The Orthopedic Institute.
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