Mercy Health - Cincinnati is the Only Local Health System to Offer Total Hip Replacement Using Advanced Robotic Arm Technology; Free Community Seminar Takes Place November 11

Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that two of its hospitals in Cincinnati are the first and only hospitals in the area to offer total hip replacement procedures using advanced robotic arm technology.

Orthopaedic surgeon Michael Swank, MD performed a total hip replacement procedure on patient Eugene Pitman, 80, of Evendale at The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health using MAKO Surgical Corporation’s RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. RIO is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants.

“Positioning implants correctly and with accuracy is important to both improving the patient’s quality of life after surgery and for the lifespan of the implants used for hip replacement,” said Dr. Swank, “The robotic arm technology enables me to align the implants with each patient’s unique anatomy. A well-fitted implant gives patients confidence in their mobility and the opportunity to return to active lifestyles.”

“I thought a total hip replacement would hurt more but I’ve had no pain at all,” said Eugene Pitman, the first patient to undergo the robot-assisted procedure at The Jewish Hospital. “I walked with a walker the next day and just three weeks after surgery, I could do things I couldn’t do before. I was picking tomatoes, going to my mailbox and dressing myself without help.”

Pitman knew just what he wanted to do when he was able to walk unaided just six weeks after his hip replacement.

“I want to walk around the block, visit the beach and walk there and walk into football games without a walker and without help,” said Pitman. “I’m happy to be independent again.”

Accurate alignment and positioning of implants using traditional manual total hip replacement techniques can be challenging. Massachusetts General Hospital recently reported that of 1,823 hip replacement patients that surgeons treated over a sustained period of study, only 50% had components of their implants placed ideally for patient comfort and transplant longevity.

The RIO system provides a patient-specific 3D image of the patient’s hip based on a pre-operative CT scan. Using the 3D model, the surgeon can then plan the optimal size and position of hip implant components, which is critical for proper biomechanical reconstruction of the hip.

Orthopedic surgeon Suresh Nayak, MD of Wellington Orthopaedic and Spine, a Mercy Health partner, will soon perform the first total hip replacement using the technology at Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital.

The Jewish Hospital is hosting a free community seminar on robotic-assisted total hip replacement and partial knee replacement featuring Dr. Swank and orthopaedic surgeon and Mercy Health Physician Frank Noyes, MD. The free educational seminar takes place from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11 in the lobby of The Jewish Hospital, which is located at 4777 E. Galbraith Road in Cincinnati, ZIP 45236. Reserve your spot today by registering at Click on “View All Events,” and search for “MeetMAKO.” You can also call 513-95-MERCY, press two and then press one to reserve your spot.

Earlier this year, Mercy Health - Cincinnati announced that orthopaedic surgeon and Mercy Health Physician Frank Noyes, MD, a nationally recognized knee expert specializing in sports medicine, is the only surgeon in Cincinnati performing MAKOplasty partial knee replacement a precise, robotic-assisted knee resurfacing procedure. Mercy Health – Cincinnati is building on the success of the partial knee replacement program by also making robotic-assisted total hip replacements available for patients.

To find out more about total hip replacement procedures using advanced robotic arm technology please call The Jewish Hospital at 513-686-3000.

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