November 8, 2018

Seaford, Delaware: Nanticoke Health Services is the first hospital in Delaware and on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer Stryker’s robotic-arm assisted knee replacement surgery with its new Mako System. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total and partial knee replacements are performed.

Total knee replacements in the U.S. are expected to increase 673 percent by 2030(1). Stryker’s advanced robotic technology enables trained orthopedic surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience and increased accuracy.

“Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed by providing each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said Dr. William Doran, Nanticoke Orthopedic Surgery. “Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows me to create each patient’s surgical plan before ever entering the operating room.” 

During surgery, the orthopedic surgeon validates the personalized plan and makes any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm. "It is exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology in our orthopedics program. This ensures the latest technology available to our surgeons and our patients.",” said Ray Fulkrod, DNP, MBA, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Nanticoke.

The Mako Total Knee application is a knee replacement treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create personalized surgical plans and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment unique for each patient. “The Mako System allows me to virtually modify the surgical plan during surgery and helps in executing bone resections or adjustments needed. This improves the accuracy of the procedure and allows for a more successful joint replacement,” said Dr. Doran.

Nanticoke is proud to be first, not only in Sussex County but on the Delmarva Peninsula, to offer this advanced robotic technology. “This addition to our orthopedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare,” said Steve Rose, RN, MN, President and CEO of Nanticoke.

(1) Kurtz AAOS Total knee and hip replacement projections 2030.