John Noble Performs First Total Knee Replacement in Region Using MAKO
Robotic-Assisted Surgery System
Surgeon John Noble Jr. MD, performed the first total knee replacement in
Southwest Louisiana this week using the MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery
System at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Health System. The hospital is the exclusive
provider of MAKO robotic technology in the region, and orthopaedic surgeons
from Imperial Health Center for Orthopaedics have been using this advanced
surgical system to perform total hip replacements and partial knee replacements
for over a year. The FDA recently extended approval for the total knee
replacement procedure as well, and St. Patrick is among the first hospitals in
the country to offer this expanded capability to their patients.
assisted total knee surgery is an innovative alternative to the conventional
surgical procedure in patients suffering from degenerative knee diseases such
as osteoarthritis. It is performed using robotic-arm technology that allows the
surgeon to precisely execute the procedure based on an individualized CT scan
of each patient’s own unique anatomy.
is key in planning and performing joint replacement procedures,” said Dr. Noble
"Much like a fingerprint, each individual joint is unique, so replacing the
joint components should be just as individualized. This system allows us to do
this much more precisely. A key factor in this precision is a pre-operative
high resolution CT scan,” he explains. "This interfaces with the computer
program in the MAKO system to provide us with millions of data points which we
use during our pre-operative planning, allowing us to customize each patient’s
procedure before the first cut is every made. And during surgery, the system provides
visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation
and implant positioning, while preserving more soft tissue. We are able to
align and position the implants at a level of accuracy and reproducibility
previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation.”
More than 600,000 people in the United States have a total
knee replacement each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons. With an aging population staying in the workforce longer and obesity on
the rise, that number is expected to exceed 3 million by the year 2030. Dr.
Noble says advancements in medical technology like the MAKO system allow those
new joints to move more naturally and last longer.
important to note that with the system at St. Patrick, your surgeon, not a
robot, is still performing your surgery, right at the operating table,” Dr.
Noble adds. "The MAKO system ensures the greatest possible accuracy with a
personalized, detailed surgical plan and robotic guidance.”
Along with Dr. Noble, orthopaedics surgeons Dr. Steven Hale
and Dr. Jonathan Foret with Center for Orthopaedics are also using the MAKO
system for hip, partial knee and now total knee replacement procedures at
CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital.
"We’ve been very pleased
with the results our patients have experienced with the MAKO system, and more
importantly, our patients have been extremely satisfied,” says Dr. Noble.
Robotic-assisted surgery may
not be an option for every patient. For more information or to schedule an
appointment, call CHRISTUS St. Patrick Health System and Imperial Health Center
for Orthopaedics at 800-831-1796.