New Way to Perform Knee Surgery

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - People experiencing knee pain, may benefit from a new type of technology. 

"It was so so bad. I mean I can't even describe it," says Mary Hoyt.

Watching Mary Hoyt walk down the hallway, it's hard to believe she had knee surgery in March. 

"I have two holes right here," says Mary Hoyt.

Mary's knew started hurting late last year.

The 70-year-old said nothing worked to get rid of the pain. 

"I couldn't go into the kitchen to cook, I could barely take a shower, it was terrible," says Mary Hoyt.

That was until she met Dr. Martin Siems with Baptist Health, who told her about about the Mako Robot. 

The orthopaedic surgeon controls the robotic arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage and perform joint replacement surgery.

"Now with the robotic device, I could put it in perfect every time and not have to worry about the alignment," says Dr. Martin Siems.

The process involves a CT Scan of the patient's knee.

Then, the scan is fed into the Mako software where doctors create a virtual model.

This helps doctors determine where the prosthesis should fit. 

Siems uses the robot to precisely perform surgery. 

"It allows me to perform partial knee replacements more often then I would in the past with better results," Dr. Martin Siems/Orthopedic Surgeon.

Faster recovery times, precise incisions and replacement surgery makes the Mako Robot appealing to patients like Mary. 

"Oh, it's just now I can do yard work again and it feels like a lifetime since I've done that," says Mary Hoyt.

That walk around cook and play with her grandchildren. 

It took Mary less than 2 weeks to feel like herself again. 

"I really advise the people out there that is gonna have surgery to have it Mako," Mary Hoyt/Patient.

She's showing off how easy it can be. 

And the positive results you can walk away with too. 

Doctor Siems says patients with arthritis would benefit from this type of surgery. 

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