Ozarks Healthcare (OZH) is the first healthcare system in the region to offer Mako SmartRobotics™. This advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements are performed by helping surgeons know more and cut less. Mako SmartRobotics™ combines three key components, 3DCT-based planning, AccuStopTM haptic technology and insightful data analytics, into one platform that has shown better out-comes for total knee, total hip and partial knee patients. “With Mako SmartRobotics™, we know more about our patients than ever be-fore, and we’re able to cut less. For some patients, this can mean less soft tissue damage; for others, greater bone preservation,” Caleb Piatt, DO, orthopedic surgeon, Ozarks Healthcare Orthopedics and Spine, said. “Mako’s 3D C Tallows myself and my fellow surgeons to create a personalized plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy before entering the operating room. During surgery, we can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements. ”Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 189 percent by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately20 percent of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery. Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically successful Triathlon Total Knee System, which enables surgeons to have amore predictable surgical experience with increased precision and accuracy. In clinical studies, Mako Total Knee demonstrated the potential for patients to experience less pain, less need for opiate analgesics, less need for inpatient physical therapy, reduced length of hospital stay, improved knee flexion and greater soft tissue protection in comparison to manual techniques. Mako SmartRoboticsTM for Partial Knee replacement is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm during bone preparation to execute the predetermined surgical plan and position the implant. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion while helping the knee while helping to protect the healthy bone surrounding the knee joint. Studies have shown that robotic-arm-assisted partial knee replacement, leads to greater accuracy of implant position to plan com-pared to manual partial knee replacement procedures. By 2030, total hip replacements in the United States are by projected to grow 171percent. Mako SmartRoboticsTM for Total Hip is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm during bone preparation to prepare the hip socket and position the implant according to the predetermined surgical plan. In a controlled matched-paired study to measure acetabular bone resection, results suggested greater bone preservation for MakoTotal Hip compared to manual surgery. “We are proud to be the first healthcare system to offer this highly advanced SmartRoboticsTM technology in our area, ”Tom Keller, Ozarks Healthcare President and CEO, said. “This addition to our orthopedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare. ”Contact Ozarks Healthcare Orthopedics and Spine at417-256-1745 for more information or a no referral needed appointment. The clinic is located at 1100 Kentucky Ave., (2nd floor)in West Plains, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday. To learn more about Ozarks Health-care’s orthopedic services, visit  https://www.ozarkshealth-care.com/services/or-tho/

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