Moore Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is pleased to share news about a highly innovative new treatment option for total knee replacement, total hip replacement and partial knee resurfacing. Drs. Jeffrey Moore and John Spellman trained at the Miami Anatomical Research Center and are now certified for the Makoplasty RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic system. Dr. Moore has been designated a robotic surgery “Champion” by Stryker Orthopedics, developer of the Makoplasty technology.
The Makoplasty Rio System features robotic arm technology with intelligent surgical instruments and a high-definition visualization system to pre-plan and treat each patient uniquely and with consistently reproducible precision. This new technology will assist the surgeons at Moore Orthopedics in attaining optimal results for their patients previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation. Other benefits may include a smaller incision, minimal hospitalization, reduced blood loss, less scarring, rapid recovery and the ability to return to an active lifestyle quickly.
What is osteoarthritis?
Joint cartilage is a tough, smooth tissue that covers the ends of bones where joints are located. It helps cushion the bones during movement; and because it is smooth and slippery, it allows for motion with minimal friction. Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, is a wear and tear condition that destroys joint cartilage. Sometimes as the result of trauma or just repetitive movement, the cartilage wears down. This can occur quickly over months or slowly over many years. Cartilage destruction can result in painful bone-on-bone contact, along with swelling and loss of motion. Osteoarthritis usually occurs later in life and may affect only one joint or many joints.
Symptoms of OA of the knee:
- Pain while standing or walking short distances, climbing up or down stairs, or getting in and out of chairs
- Pain with activity
- Start up pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
- Joint stiffness after getting out of bed
- Swelling in one or more areas of the knee
- A grating sensation or crunching feeling in the knee during use
How is OA treated?
The opportunity for early intervention is important as osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Whether your OA is mild or severe, your physician will most likely recommend certain lifestyle changes to reduce stress on your knee joints. Additional disease and pain management strategies may include: physical therapy, steroid injections, lubricant injections, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or topical pain relieving creams.
Unfortunately, sometimes arthritis does not respond to non-surgical solutions, and pain can no longer be controlled by medication. Osteoarthritis shouldn't keep people from doing the things they love to do. If you've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip or knee, you may be a candidate for MAKOplasty.
MAKOplasty total knee, total hip, and partial knee resurfacing are performed using the highly advanced RIO Robotic Arm System and are designed to assist surgeons in attaining a new level of reproducible precision in surgery. The RIO System enables the surgeons at Moore Orthopedics to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s bone anatomy. During the procedure, the system creates a 3-dimensional, virtual view of the bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan. As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, auditory, and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for real time adjustments and more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.
The MAKOplasty Rio System was purchased by Carteret Healthcare Medical Center to ensure a Center of Excellence in Carteret County. When looking for relief, you will want to be sure that you are receiving care from a high-quality center.
Moore Orthopedics goal is to provide patients with the latest information and best treatment options available to help patients enjoy an active and healthier lifestyle. It is our hope that this innovative technology will enable patients return to mobility and their active lifestyle with confidence.
If you would like to learn more about this procedure and whether it is a good treatment option for you or someone you know, contact Moore Orthopedic at 252-808-3100. Learn more about MAKOplasty at www.makoplasty.com and www.mooresportsmed.com. Our surgeons also periodically present free community educational seminars on the topic … watch for announced events.
Dr. Moore has been practicing orthopedics in Carteret County for 29 years. His practice, Moore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, is located in Morehead City at East Coast Square at 4218 Arendell St. Dr. Spellman sees patients at the Moore Orthopedics office in Cedar Point.