Good Samaritan Medical Center First in Palm Beaches to Perform Innovative Robotic Knee Surgery 
Minimally invasive procedure to treat early to mid-stage osteoarthritis can
provide quicker rehabilitation and more natural knee motion post-surgery
Good Samaritan Medical Center announced that it is the first hospital in Palm Beach County to perform MAKOplasty®, a new minimally invasive partial knee resurfacing procedure used to treat early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.  MAKOplasty®, powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic system, offers a more precise and consistent result for partial knee resurfacing. 
MAKOplasty® patients may experience a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and a smaller incision as compared to total knee replacement.  In addition, many return to an active lifestyle within weeks of the procedure.  MAKOplasty®  can be performed on either the inner, top, or outer compartment of the knee.  It can also be performed as a bicompartmental procedure on both the inner and top portions of the knee. 
“MAKOplasty allows us to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis at earlier stages and with greater precision.  Because it is less invasive and more of the patient’s natural knee remains, the goal is for patients to have more natural knee motion post-operatively,” said Dr. Andrew Noble of Good Samaritan Medical Center. 
The opportunity for early intervention is important as OA is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 
Through its innovative use of technology, MAKOplasty® takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision.  When performing MAKOplasty®, surgeons at Good Samaritan Medical Center utilize the RIO®, developed by MAKO Surgical Corp., which features a tactile robotic arm and a 3-D virtual patient specific visualization system. 
This system provides the surgeon a pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional live-action, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan.  As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, acoustic and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.  
“Precision is key in planning and performing partial knee surgeries,” said Mark Nosacka, CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center. “For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right.  Precision in surgery, and in the pre-operative planning process, is what RIO can deliver.  In addition to our DaVinci Robotics Program, we have added this impressive minimally invasive and robotic orthopedic surgery program.  We believe that robotic surgery is part of the future of surgical care, and we at Good Samaritan are bringing this latest technology to our community.”