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  • Jul 08, 2024

CHA Now Offering Highly Advanced Mako Robot for Total Knee and Hip Replacement

Innovative robotic technology allows surgeons to personalize total knee and hip procedures

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Cambridge Health Alliance, a community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's metro-north communities, has expanded its robotic surgery program with the introduction of the new Mako robot for joint replacement. In 2022, CHA began using a da Vinci® Xi surgical robot in surgeries ranging from hernia to lung cancer.

The state-of-the-art Mako robot uses 3D imagery to fit joint implants during total knee, total hip, and partial knee replacements. This lets CHA surgeons operate with incredible accuracy and precision. CHA patients will benefit from more minimally invasive procedures which protect healthy bone and lead to shorter hospital stays, quicker recoveries, and better outcomes.

"With the Mako robot, I utilize CT scans to create a personalized surgical plan based on each patient's unique anatomy before entering the operating room," said John Esposito, MD, CHA's division chief of arthroplasty. "During surgery, I can confirm my approach and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm to execute the intended surgical plan. It's exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology at CHA to perform knee and hip replacements."

"We are proud to offer this highly advanced technology for our patients," said Hans Van Lancker, MD, CHA's chief of orthopaedics, rheumatology, physiatry, and rehab. "We are grateful to the CHA Foundation for supporting this addition to our orthopaedic service line and our efforts to embrace technology to provide expert care in convenient, community settings."

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