First in North County to offer Mako SmartRobotics™

Neville Alleyne, MD

Tri-City Medical Center

North County residents, suffering with debilitating knee pain due to arthritis or injury, now have access to the latest advancement in knee and joint replacement surgery – Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery. Through computed tomography (CT)-based 3D modeling of the knee, surgeons at
Tri-City Medical Center can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the desired implant size and placement based on each person’s anatomy. 

“Mako is the gold standard for robotic platforms for knee replacement surgery,” said Morgan Silldorff, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedic Specialists of North County (OSNC), one of Tri-City’s affiliated clinics, who performed Tri-City’s first Mako surgery in early March. “Once the patient’s 3D model is uploaded to the computer system, I can register the patient’s knee and virtually modify the surgical plan intraoperatively in real time, if needed. This gives me the ability to make any adjustments before I make an incision, so that when I do, there is a high degree of precision.” 

Dr. Silldorff uses another component of the Mako System, AccuStop™ haptic technology, to control the robotic arm and make the incision precisely where it was planned, which may help to preserve soft tissue and healthy bone for some individuals. This minimally invasive approach offers benefits such as less post-operative pain, less need for pain medication and inpatient physical therapy, smaller scars and improved knee flexion. 

“An additional benefit of having knee and joint replacement surgery at Tri-City, is that this hospital has one floor dedicated solely to post-operative orthopedic patients, unlike other hospitals in San Diego County,” said Andrew Cooperman, MD who is also a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at OSNC. “Every day on this unit, we have several orthopedic-certified nurses who specialize in treating patients recovering from orthopedic surgery and because of this, our patients often have a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery.”

Depending upon their health and the extent of their knee replacement surgery using the Mako System, some patients may be able to walk within days afterwards and return to activities of daily living anywhere between two to five weeks; physical therapy will also be needed for six to eight weeks.  

Dr. Morgan Silldorff, MD
Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

“It’s exciting that Tri-City now offers this transformative technology to the community,” said Dr. Silldorff. “When I see patients for follow-up visits several weeks and months after surgery, they give me high fives and hugs and tell me that the pain they lived with for years is completely gone and that they feel like they have their lives back. That’s an extremely rewarding thing to hear.”

Call Tri-City Medical Center today at 760.724.9000 to schedule a consultation with one of their orthopedic surgeons or visit to learn more.