Precision is key in planning and performing partial knee surgery

Staff report

October 12, 2013

LUMBERTON — Dr. Riyaz Jinnah, an orthopedic surgeon, recently performed MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing for the first time at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. The minimally-invasive treatment option is 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 a highly-advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system known as RIO. SRMC is the first hospital to acquire this technology in the region.

MAKOplasty potentially offers several benefits not found with total knee surgery, including reduced pain, minimal hospitalization, faster recovery, less implant wear and loosening, smaller scars, 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 Jinnah, who recently joined Southeastern Orthopedics in Lumberton. “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.”

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 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,” Jinnah said. “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 this technology can deliver for each individual patient.”

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

For information about MAKOplasty surgery or to schedule an appointment with Jinnah, call Southeastern Orthopedics at 910-738-1065.