Only Hospital in Southeast Georgia Offering Robotic Assisted Knee Surgery Procedure

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Oct. 20, 2008 – Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick Hospital is the only hospital in southeast Georgia, and one of only 11, in the country, now using a surgeon-interactive robotic arm system to perform precision partial knee surgery. The MAKO Tactile Guidance System™ is a pioneering procedure for people suffering from chronic and debilitating early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.

Orthopaedic surgeons J. Melvin Deese, MD, Denny Carter, MD, Thomas “Beau” Sasser Jr., MD, and J. Kevin Brooks, MD, are using the MAKO Tactile Guidance System™ for uni-compartmental or uni-knee surgeries. Deese is the medical director for the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence.

“The MAKO Tactile Guidance System™ allows doctors to leave healthy bone and tissue untouched and remove only diseased bone through a small two to three inch incision,” says Deese, president and founder of Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery. “Patients have shorter hospital stays, quicker rehabilitation, and are back to the activities of daily living before you know it.” Who are candidates for MAKOplasty™?

If you have:

  • Pain while standing or walking short distances
  • Knee swelling
  • Knee locking or giving out during activity
  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatment such as rest, weight loss, physical therapy, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.

“As someone who has undergone knee surgeries, I am excited that we can offer this pioneering procedure as a solution for people suffering from chronic and debilitating knee conditions,” says Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, president and CEO of the Health System. “Our physicians, therapists and other health care professionals are all dedicated to one single cause—getting you moving pain free again.”

To find out if this solution is for you, call Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery at 912-262-9961 for Drs. Deese, Carter, and Sasser, or Southern Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine at 912- 265-9006 for Dr. Brooks.