Medical City Dallas orthopedic surgeon, Charles Rutherford, MD, performed the first robotic-assisted total knee surgery on a MAKOplasty® robot in Dallas on April 25. Medical City Dallas is the first hospital in Dallas to offer this procedure on the leading-edge MAKOplasty® robot.

This innovative technology is advancing the treatment of severe arthritis by allowing surgeons to be more precise during surgery. By combining the accuracy of computer design with robotic capabilities, this knee replacement can now function more like a normal knee.

“Fifty-two million adults are currently affected by arthritis, making it the leading cause of disability in the United States,” said Charles Rutherford, MD, Medical Director, Medical City Joint Restoration Institute and Orthopedic Robotic Program. “The Center for Disease Control estimates that by 2040, 78 million, or 25% of the U.S. adult population, will be affected.”

The MAKO robot offers greater accuracy for surgeons and a more customized approach for minimally invasive total knee replacement surgeries. This technology increases the longevity of knee replacement implants through patented technology that provides wear and oxidation resistance and mechanical strength. Patient outcomes can also result in more natural knee motion and increased stability after surgery.

The Joint Restoration Institute at Medical City Dallas provides innovative, customized treatment using minimally invasive techniques and state-of-the-art technology such as computer-assisted navigation, robotically-assisted total hip replacement, total knee replacement and partial knee resurfacing. Its comprehensive approach to joint care results in faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays. Patients benefit from collaborative teamwork with families, physicians, therapists, nurses, case managers, social workers and volunteers, and most leave the hospital the day after surgery. The dedicated 12-bed Joint Restoration Unit features state-of-the-art private rooms, a group therapy gym and amenities for families and friends.