Medical City Frisco May 09, 2018

Innovative technology provides rapid recovery, increased implant longevity

Frisco – Today, Charles Dougan, a 74-year-old Little Elm resident, became the first recipient of a Medical City Frisco robotic-arm assisted knee replacement procedure.

“With my bad knee, I have not been able to do much of anything for a long time,” Dougan said. “I’m ready to get back to golf, fishing and keeping up with my two dogs.”

“This latest advancement in orthopedic surgery is transforming the way joint replacement procedures are performed,” said Eldon Hopkins, MD, orthopedic surgeon on staff at Medical City Frisco. “Robotic-arm assisted surgery offers the potential for a higher level of patient-specific implant alignment and positioning. The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon controlled robotic-arm that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy.”

Knee replacement is a surgical treatment option designed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Following a  personalized pre-operative plan, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm to position the implant. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion and spare healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint. Studies have shown robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement is often more accurate than manual partial knee replacement and contributes to a more rapid recovery for the patient, reduced injury to adjacent tissues and increased longevity of the knee implant.

Robotic systems at Medical City Frisco now include the MAKO system for hip and knee replacement and da Vinci Xi® and da Vinci Si® robotic surgical systems, used for a variety of surgical procedures.