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Northern Nevada Medical Center first in state to provide robotic knee surgery



Northern Nevada Medical Center is introducing a new procedure for patients with early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Northern Nevada Medical Center will be the first hospital in Nevada to perform MAKOplasty®, a new, minimally invasive partial knee resurfacing procedure. Powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic system, MAKOplasty® offers a more precise and consistent result for partial knee resurfacing. Because of this increased level of precision, patients may experience the following:

— Smaller incision
— Less scarring
— Shorter hospital stay
— Quicker recovery

In addition, many return to an active lifestyle within weeks of the procedure.

Surgeons at Northern Nevada Medical Center will utilize the RIO®, which features a tactile robotic arm and a 3-D virtual patient specific visualization system. During the actual surgery, the robotic arm and real-time visualization technology help the surgeon maintain pinpoint precision, sparing healthy bone and tissue and resulting in a more natural knee motion after surgery.

“Our Orthopaedic and Surgical Institute is a premier destination in the state for orthopaedic surgery, and now MAKOplasty takes partial knee resurfacing to a whole new level of precision,” said Mark W. Crawford, CEO of Northern Nevada Medical Center. “We are pleased to bring MAKOplasty to our community so patients will no longer have to leave the state for this innovative procedure.”

This system provides the surgeon a pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, live-action, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan. As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, acoustic and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.

Go to www.NNMC.com to learn more about MAKOplasty®, or contact 775-356-NNMC (6662) to schedule an appointment.

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