Fort Walton Beach, Fl — Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is the first hospital in the area to offer Stryker's Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Procedures. Robotic-arm assisted surgery is the latest advancement in joint replacement surgery that 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.

"Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed," said Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. "The incredible precision of Mako technology benefits our patients with a truly custom fit for their joint replacements. We are proud to be the first hospital in the area to use this innovative technology. It is part of our commitment to provide our community with outstanding healthcare."

Dr. Mark Tenholder, a fellowship-trained joint replacement, arthroscopy and sports medicine surgeon, performed the first robotic-assisted knee replacement at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on Tuesday, May 2, using the Mako(tm) robot. Dr. Tenholder underwent additional training on this state-of-the-art system, which aids in precision and personalization to create a more normal, healthy joint.

"I am excited to utilize this incredible system and offer this high-tech option to our local and regional patients," says Dr. Tenholder. "Robotic-arm assistance allows me to perform the surgery with less invasive techniques. It aids in both perfect implant placement and soft tissue balancing. The science tells us that this will result in increased patient satisfaction, better function, and improved longevity of the results."

The Mako Partial Knee application is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Following the personalized pre-operative plan, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to execute the pre-determined surgical plan and to position the implant. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion of the knee while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint. Studies have shown robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement to be two to three times more accurate than manual partial knee replacement procedures.

The Mako Total Hip application 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 pre-determined surgical plan. In cadaveric studies, Mako total hip replacement acetabular cup placement has been shown to be four times more accurate and reproducible than manual total hip replacement procedures.