Mako™ Total Knee enhances the joint replacement experience for older adults

By: Andrew Wassef, M.D., medical director, MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center, Long Beach Medical Center

Total joint replacement surgery is a common treatment option for older adults experiencing osteoarthritis — a degenerative joint disorder that affects more than 30 million adults in the United States. As the leading cause of disability in older adults, it’s commonly referred to as “wear and tear” of the joints and happens over time.

At first, your doctor may recommend conservative treatment options to manage the pain including bracing, medication or joint fluid supplements. When conservative measures fail to offer adequate relief, joint replacement surgery may be the next option.

Surgeons at the MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center at Long Beach Medical Center can offer relief from chronic joint pain with total knee replacement surgery. Long Beach Medical Center has the latest advanced technology for total knee replacement — Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery.

Mako Technology provides a 3D model of your unique anatomy to assist your surgeon in pre-planning and precise placement of the knee implants to enhance patient outcomes. With Mako, surgeons are able to perform total knee replacement less invasively.

Surgeons use Mako Total Knee to tailor the placement of implants to each patient’s unique anatomy and joint motion, maximizing motion following joint replacement. Following Mako Total Knee, most patients walk out of the hospital the day after surgery.

Long Beach Medical Center is constantly measuring patient outcomes against national standards. At MemorialCare Long Beach Joint Replacement Center, patients leave the hospital at 1.44 days — that’s less than the national average of 2.7 days. Ninety-five percent of patients are discharged directly to their home rather than a skilled nursing facility — that’s higher than the 71% national average. Prior to discharge, 92% patients are able to walk at least 300 feet (nearly the length of one football field) at one time.

Learn more about joint replacement surgery options at Long Beach Medical Center, including Mako Total Knee, at memorialcare.org/LBJointReplacement.

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