Southeast Georgia Health System Offering Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for Total Hip Replacement

The Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus is the first hospital in the Southeast Georgia region to offer Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery, the latest innovation in total hip replacement surgery. Denny A. Carter, M.D. became the first orthopaedic surgeon on the Brunswick Campus to use the highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system when performing a total hip replacement in October 2015.
Denny A. Carter, M.D.,“Getting implants positioned correctly is an important aspect in improving surgical outcomes and the lifespan of the implants used for hip replacement,” explains Carter, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery, a strategic affiliate of the Health System. “Accurate placement and alignment of hip implants using traditional approaches can be challenging. But by using Mako’s innovative software and robotic-arm technology, we can achieve previously unmatched levels of personalization and reproducible precision in hip implant position and alignment to fit the patient’s unique anatomy.”
A Mako procedure starts with a pre-operative CAT scan of the patient’s hip. From the scan, a 3-D virtual model of the patient’s unique hip anatomy is generated. This model is loaded into the Mako system software and used to create a personalized surgical plan. During surgery, the highly advanced, physician-controlled robotic arm provides real-time visualization and measurements, enabling surgeons to make adjustments as needed and to control implant placement, optimizing its position and alignment.
Dr. Beau Sasser“While using Mako for total hip replacement makes it easier for physicians to conduct the surgery, to us, it’s all about the patient benefits,” says Beau Sasser, M.D., board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery, and also accredited to perform Mako hip replacement procedures. “This procedure does more than just restore mobility and quality of life for our patients, it changes their life.”
Less pain, reduced risks, improved surgical outcomes, enhanced gait, consistency in leg length and increased longevity of the implant are among the potential benefits patients suffering from debilitating degenerative joint disease can expect as compared to traditional hip replacement.
“Using Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for total hip replacement further validates the Health System's commitment to providing cutting-edge technology to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients,” adds Carter.
In 2008, Carter and Sasser were among the first physicians in the country to conduct partial knee resurfacing procedures using Mako robotic-arm technology. Since then, they have successfully completed hundreds of Mako partial knee replacements.
To find out if Mako Total Hip Replacement is right for you, or for more information, call 1-855-ASK-SGHS (1-855-275-7447) or visit sghs.org/services/robotic-surgery.

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