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May 14, 2013

Ochsner Goes to RIO

Ochsner Medical Center is implementing a new highly-advanced robotic arm technology available for partial knee and total hip replacement called RIO®. Ochsner Medical Center is now providing MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing and MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement procedures, performed using the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System marketed by MAKO Surgical Corp. RIO is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants. MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery. A pre-surgical plan is created based on a CT scan of the patient’s own knee, and the surgeon uses the robotic arm during surgery to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, sparing healthy bone and surrounding tissue for a more natural feeling knee. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

The RIO System features a patient-specific visualization system and proprietary tactile robotic arm technology that is integrated with intelligent surgical instruments. It assists surgeons in pre-planning and in treating each patient uniquely and with consistently reproducible procedure.

You can see the RIO® firsthand tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ochsner Medical Center Atrium at 1514 Jefferson Highway.



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