FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2020
Saratoga Hospital Offers Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery for Joint Replacement
One of first in the region to invest in this advanced technology
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, August 5, 2020—Saratoga Hospital is one of the first in the Capital Region to offer robotic arm-assisted surgery for hip and knee replacements. The cutting-edge robotic technology, known as the Stryker Mako System, enhances patient care by ensuring a higher level of precision and accuracy during surgery.
Six Saratoga Hospital orthopedic surgeons are trained in using the Mako system for total hip replacement and partial and total knee replacement surgeries. As the population ages, demand for these surgeries continues to increase.
“With the Mako System, our patients have access to some of the most advanced and effective surgical technology,” said Dr. Joseph Bell, vice president and medical director of perioperative services at Saratoga Hospital. “That can improve their surgical outcomes and have a positive, long-term impact on their health and quality of life.”
Saratoga Hospital consistently earns high marks for hip and knee replacements. The hospital is rated as “high performing” by U.S. News & World Report for both procedures. Blue Shield of Northeastern New York has named Saratoga Hospital a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement.
The Mako System uses CT-based 3D modeling software that allows surgeons to create a personalized joint replacement plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy, the size of their implant and its orientation and alignment. During the procedure, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to place the implant as precisely as possible, in a position that reflects the patient’s natural movement patterns.
Studies show that the Mako System can increase surgical precision and help protect soft tissue and ligaments. In addition, six months after surgery, patients who had surgery performed with the Mako System have reported less pain and greater satisfaction than those who had conventional joint replacement surgery.
About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. The hospital’s multispecialty practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, provides care at more than 20 locations, ensuring easy access to programs and services that can have the greatest impact on individual and community health. Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. The hospital is an affiliate of the Albany Med Health System, which also includes Albany Med, Columbia Memorial Health and Glens Falls Hospital. The region’s largest locally governed health system, it has 1,520 beds, more than 800 physicians and 125 outpatient locations. For more information: www.saratogahospital.org or www.facebook.com/SaratogaHospital.
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