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Knoxville, TN 37934
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Turkey Creek Medical Center First in Knoxville to Perform MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (February 14, 2012) – Turkey Creek Medical Center has performed the very first MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing on Veronica Erwin of South Knoxville. MAKOplasty® is a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. The procedure is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery and is performed using RIO®, a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system. Turkey Creek Medical Center is the first and only hospital to acquire this technology in Knoxville.

MAKOplasty® potentially offers the following benefits as compared to total knee surgery:

  • Reduced pain.
  • Minimal hospitalization.
  • More rapid recovery.
  • Less implant wear and loosening.
  • Smaller scar.
  • Better motion and a more natural feeling knee.

“MAKOplasty® allows us to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis at earlier stages and with greater precision, said Gregory Hoover, MD, board certified orthopedic surgeon with Family Orthopedic Clinic, who performed the first MAKOplasty procedure at Turkey Creek Medical Center. “Because it is less invasive and preserves more of the patient’s natural knee, the goal is for patients to have relief from their pain, gain back their knee motion, and return to their daily activities.”

Through its innovative use of technology, MAKOplasty® takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision.

The RIO® system enables the surgeon 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 own knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s 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.

“Precision is key in planning and performing partial knee surgeries,” said David Hovis, MD, board certified orthopedic surgeon with Hovis Orthopaedic Clinic. “For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right. Precision in surgery, and in the pre-operative planning process, is what RIO can deliver, for each individual patient.”

The opportunity for early intervention is important as OA is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Other board certified orthopedic surgeons that will be performing MAKOplasty® at Turkey Creek Medical Center include William Johnson, MD, with Blount Orthopedic Associates, Thomas Koenig, MD, with Tennessee Valley Orthopedics, Mark MacNaughton, MD, with Family Orthopedic Clinic.

Turkey Creek Medical Center will be sponsoring two free educational seminars on MAKOplasty®:

February 15, 2012
Gregory Hoover, MD
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch will be provided

February 22, 2012
David Hovis, MD
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Dinner will be provided

Both seminars will be held at Turkey Creek Medical Center in the Johnson Conference Center, 10820 Parkside Drive.

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