Surgeons Use Robotic-Assisted Technology to Stop Joint Pain


Surgeons Use Robotic-Assisted Technology to Stop Joint Pain

(Batesville, Ark) – Gary Paxson, Administrator of White River Medical Center (WRMC), announced that WRMC is now offering robotic-arm assisted total knee, partial knee, and total hip replacements with Stryker’s Mako System. WRMC is the first hospital in North Central Arkansas to provide this highly advanced technology.

Drs. John Akins, J.D. Allen, Jeff Angel, Dylan Carpenter, Wesley Greer, and Charles Varela will be trained to use the robot during surgery. All robotic assisted surgeries will take place at WRMC.

The demand for joint replacements is expected to rise in the next decade. Total knee replacements in the United States are estimated to increase by 673 percent. Total hip replacements are estimated to increase by 174 percent. The system changes the way joint replacements surgeries are performed, creating a more precise surgical experience and increased accuracy during every procedure. All of which leads to better recovery for our patients.

“With Mako, we can provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy and make the process more precise,” said Dr. Jeff Angel, Orthopaedic Surgeon at WRMC. “It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total hip, partial knee, and total knee replacements.”

The Mako Total Hip application 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 pre-determined surgical plan. The Mako Partial Knee application 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. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion of the knee, while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint. The Mako Total Knee application is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

“We are proud to offer this highly advanced robotic technology to the patients in our area,” said Gary Paxson, Administrator of White River Medical Center. “The addition of Mako to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.”

Drs. Allen, Angel, Carpenter, and Greer practice at the MPOC Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic located at 501 Virginia Drive in Batesville. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 8AM to 5PM and Friday from 8AM to Noon. To make an appointment at their office, call (870) 793-2371. Dr. Akins is in practices at the White River Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic and Dr. Varela is in practice at the Ozark Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Center. Both are located at 2110 East Main Street in Mountain View. Their office hours are Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM. To schedule an appointment, call (870) 269-8300.