Eisenhower Adds Fourth Mako Robot for Orthopedic Surgery

Eisenhower Health is the first hospital in Riverside County and one of only five hospitals in the country to add a fourth Mako SmartRobotics™ system by Stryker to its arsenal of orthopedic surgical tools. This technological advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements are performed, by helping surgeons know more and cut less.

Mako SmartRobotics combines three key components — 3D CT-based planning, AccuStop™ haptic technology and insightful data analytics — into one platform that has shown better outcomes for total knee, total hip and partial knee patients.

“With Mako SmartRobotics, I know more about my patients than ever before, and I’m able to be less invasive and more efficient in the operating room,” says Erik Schnaser, MD, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center. “For some patients, this can mean less soft tissue damage; for others, greater bone preservation. To have a fourth Mako robot for an institution of this size is truly remarkable, and a testament to the support the hospital receives from our generous community.”

By 2030, total hip replacements in the United States are projected to grow 171 percent. Mako SmartRobotics for Total Hip 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 predetermined surgical plan. In a controlled matched-paired study to measure acetabular bone resection, results suggested greater bone preservation for Mako Total Hip compared to manual surgery.

Dr. Schnaser’s patient Ed Austin didn’t realize his surgeon was performing his hip replacement surgery with a robot, but appreciates the benefits. “I went into surgery at 7:15 a.m. and by 1:30 p.m. that day, I walked into my house. Three weeks later I was playing golf!”

He continues, “The technology is a marvel, and combined with my surgeon’s expertise makes for a successful outcome. Only four months later, I’m able to do just about everything.”

To learn more or to make an appointment, call 760-773-4545.