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First MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted knee replacement performed at Flagler Hospital

St. Augustine, FL: March 17, 2020Dr. Paul Roettges, with Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine, performed the first MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted knee replacement at Flagler Hospital earlier this month. The patient was Flagler Hospital’s first patient to receive a knee replacement using this technology.

The MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology provides orthopaedic surgeons with the ability to create a personalized surgical plan for each knee replacement patient.  The procedure starts with a CT scan of the patient’s knee. The MAKO equipment creates a 3D virtual model of the patient’s knee.  The 3D model is loaded into a software system so that the orthopaedic surgeon can make a personalized pre-operative plan.  Once in the operating room, the MAKO technology allows the surgeon to position and align the components with high precision.

The MAKO Knee surgery is a treatment option for persons living with mid to late-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.  “The MAKO technology is particularly beneficial in patients with severe deformities, prior knee surgery, or needing partial knee replacements,” added Dr. Roettges.

About Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine

Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine (OASA) is an independently and privately owned orthopaedic practice located in St. Johns County. OASA was formed in 1999 by Dr. Albert Volk. Currently OASA has 7 specialty-trained physicians and 6 physician assistants at 2 locations dedicated to delivering comprehensive orthopaedic care to Northeast FL communities.