Ludhiana hospital starts robotic knee replacement

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Ludhiana’s Hunjan hospital has launched a US FDA approved Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Technology that enables knee replacement surgeons to deliver more predictable surgical outcomes with increased accuracy.

The hospital has claimed that it has become the first health facility in North India to install such a facility. The technology has been launched in association with Stryker India, a global medical device company.

Ms. Meenakshi Nevatia, Vice President and Managing Director of Stryker India, said, “We are very happy to partner with Hunjan Hospital and it is indeed a proud moment for Stryker. Our common vision of bringing newer innovations to improve patient outcomes and making healthcare better makes our partnership with the hospital very special. We are truly excited about the potential impact on serving patients needing knee replacement across Northern India.”

Dr BS Hunjan, Director and Joint Replacement Surgeon at Hunjan Hospital, while talking about the difference between conventional and Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery, explained that one of the challenges with traditional surgery is that surgical accuracy depends on the surgeon’s experience and technique.

“Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery System allows surgeons to make precise bone cuts on the diseased joint, every single time,” he added.

“First 8 patients that we operated on have shown encouraging results. With Mako, we have been able to know more about our patients than ever-before and we are able to cut less. For some patients, this can mean less soft tissue damage and for others greater bone preservation,” he added.

Dr. Jaiveer Hunjan, Consultant Orthopaedics at Hunjan Hospital, said, “While conventional knee replacement surgeries have been improving the life of patients effectively over the last three decades, the Mako System will enhance our accuracy significantly."

"As suggested by the literature and our experience with initial surgeries, we have seen tremendous patient benefits such as precise planning and bone cuts, more bone and soft tissue preservation, less post-op pain, faster recovery, quicker discharge and less blood loss," said Dr Hunjan.

Dr. BS Hunjan said, “This technology has the potential to transform the way knee replacement surgeries are performed. I am sure a day will come when this technology will be a Standard of Care in every operating room. We are very proud to bring world class care to the doorstep of patients in Punjab.”

According to the hospital, each patient’s bone anatomy is different, and arthritis further tends to alter the diseased joint. In case of a knee or hip surgery, Mako System’s software helps create a 3D model of the diseased joint based on the patient’s CT scan.

“The software then allows creating a personalized virtual surgical plan for each patient, based on their specific disease condition. This planning, done even before entering the operation theatre, helps in deciding the most accurate bone cuts and alignment of implants,” said the hospital in a press release.

The hospital further said that the technology allows the surgeon to modify the plan during the surgery, if required. And once the plan is locked, the Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery System assists the surgeon in executing the bone cuts in the operation theatre.

“The unique haptic technology ensures that the surgeon remains within the virtual boundaries created. Since the robotic arm cannot be physically moved outside the virtual boundary, it enables the preservation of soft tissue. This allows most accurate bone cuts, positioning of implants and protecting any injury to soft tissue,” said the hospital.


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