Memorial Hospital now offering state-of-art robotic surgery options for knee, hip replacements


Dr. Omar Akhtar, left, and Dr. Drake White | Photo courtesy of Memorial Hospital

CARTHAGE, Ill. — Memorial Hospital, led by the efforts of Dr. Drake White, an orthopedic surgeon with more than two decades of dedicated service to the region, now offers Mako SmartRobotics for total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements.

Mako SmartRobotics represents a groundbreaking approach to joint replacement surgery, empowering surgeons with unparalleled precision and personalized planning capabilities. Leveraging 3D CT-based planning and AccuStop haptic technology, this system enables surgeons to tailor each procedure to the unique anatomical characteristics of the patient, ultimately leading to outcomes such as reduced pain and faster recovery times.

In a press release, White said, “Incorporating Mako SmartRobotics into our orthopedic practice allows us to revolutionize joint replacement surgery. By harnessing the power of robotic technology, we can optimize surgical planning and execution, ensuring a more predictable and precise experience for our patients.”

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase by 85 percent between 2020 and 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 20 percent of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery. Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically successful Triathlon total knee system, which enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased precision and accuracy.

Total hip replacements in the U.S. are projected to increase by 71 percent by 2030. Mako SmartRobotics for total hip is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm during bone preparation to prepare the hip socket and position the implant according to the predetermined surgical plan. In a controlled matched-paired study to measure acetabular bone resection, results suggested greater bone preservation for Mako Total Hip compared to manual surgery.

“We are excited to be at the forefront of orthopedic innovation, offering our patients access to the latest advancements in joint replacement surgery,” said Ada Bair, CEO of Memorial Hospital. “White’s leadership in implementing Mako SmartRobotics underscores our commitment to delivering exceptional healthcare services to the residents of our community.”

White consults with patients at Memorial Medical Clinic locations in Colchester and Hamilton. To schedule an appointment or for further details, contact Memorial Medical Clinic Colchester at 309-776-3301 or Memorial Medical Clinic Hamilton at 217-847-3383.

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