Saturday , 24 July 2021

750 Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement Procedures Performed at UH Elyria

Milestone of Innovative Robotic Technology that Allows Surgeons to Personalize Total Knee, Partial Knee and Total Hip Replacement Procedures to Each Patient, like Carol Wright of Elyria

Since August of 2016, patients of University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center have had access to the latest technology in joint replacement surgery with Stryker’s Mako System. This highly advanced robotic technology has transformed the way joint replacement procedures are performed, enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.

During that timeframe, orthopedic surgeons have performed more than 750 Mako joint replacement procedures at UH Elyria Medical Center, which is currently the only hospital in Lorain County offering the Mako System.

One local resident who has benefitted from a Mako joint replacement is Carol Wright, 68, of Elyria. For months, she suffered with pain in her right knee and had to forgo the daily activities she enjoyed. “I had bone spurs, and the cartilage in my knee had eroded, so it was bone-on-bone,” said Carol. “I knew it was time to have a knee replacement, so I did my research online and found Dr. Stanfield. I liked that he was one of the surgeons who offered robotic technology.”

William Stanfield, MD, Director of the Center for Bone and Joint Replacement at UH Elyria Medical Center, explains, “With Mako, we can provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy. Using a virtual 3D model, Mako allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively 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.”

Carol underwent surgery to replace her right knee in May, and based on the success of that procedure, she has already scheduled Dr. Stanfield to replace her left knee later this month.

“I was in the hospital for less than 24 hours, and within a week, I was walking without a cane or walker,” said Carol. “Now, my husband and I are back to walking up to two miles together through our local parks.”

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology can be used for Total Hip Replacement, Total Knee Replacement and Partial Knee Replacement. A complete examination by an orthopedic surgeon determines a patient’s eligibility for surgery using the technology.

For an appointment with Dr. Stanfield or any of the Mako-trained orthopedic surgeons at the UH Center for Orthopedics, please call 440-581-7511.

About University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

Founded in 1908, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center is a 387-licensed bed hospital with additional campuses in Amherst, Avon, North Ridgeville and Sheffield Village. Part of the University Hospitals health system, UH Elyria Medical Center offers patients access to UH Cleveland Medical Center, a nationally recognized academic medical center, as well as programs from internationally recognized centers of excellence such as UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, UH Seidman Cancer Center and UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute. UH Elyria Medical Center has been designated a certified primary stroke center by the Joint Commission and has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for its treatment of heart attack patients. For more information, visit UHElyria.org.

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