Lancaster Regional the First and Only Hospital in Lancaster County to Offer MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty

LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA, (March 6, 2012, Hospital News) - Lancaster Regional Medical Center is the first and only hospital in Lancaster County to offer MAKOplasty® Hip, the latest innovation in total hip replacement surgery performed using the RIO® system, a highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables the accurate alignment and positioning of implants. Lancaster Regional has offered MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing using the RIO system since the spring of 2011 and performed over 60 procedures.   

Like other total hip replacement procedures, MAKOplasty Hip may be a treatment option for people who suffer from either non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease. It is designed to assist surgeons in attaining a new level of reproducible precision in surgery, to restore patients’ confidence in their mobility and help them return to active lifestyles faster.   

“Getting implants positioned correctly is an important aspect in improving surgical outcomes and the lifespan of the implants used for hip replacement,” said Seth Baublitz, D.O. of Orthopaedic Specialists of Central PA, proudly affiliated with Lancaster Regioanl. “The robotic arm technology enables me to more accurately achieve the biomechanical alignments that are planned to fit each patient’s unique anatomy.”   

Accurate alignment and positioning of implants using traditional manual total hip replacement techniques can be challenging. Here’s how MAKOplasty Hip works: The RIO system provides a patient-specific 3-D image of the patient’s hip based on a pre-operative CT scan. Using the 3-D model, the surgeon can then plan the optimal size and position of hip implant components. An implant consists of a cup and liner placed in the acetabulum, or the socket of the pelvis, and a femoral component with a femoral head and stem. The position of these components is critical for proper biomechanical reconstruction of the hip.   

During surgery, RIO provides visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation and implant positioning to match the pre-surgical plan. First the surgeon prepares the femoral bone for the implant, and subsequently measures the femoral component’s position with the RIO. Next the surgeon uses the robotic arm to accurately ream and shape the acetabulum, and then implant the cup at the correct depth and orientation. Finally the surgeon implants the femoral implant and RIO provides summary data to confirm the hip implants are aligned according to plan.   

As a hip arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers. Schedule an appointment to see if MAKOplasty is right for you by calling Orthopeadic Specialists of Central PA at (717) 735-1972.