Tucson’s first total‐knee replacement surgeries using the Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Technology

Contact: Jim Marten
Communications Team, Tucson Medical Center
(520) 324‐4390

Tucson Orthopaedic Institute and Tucson Medical Center announce Tucson’s first total‐knee replacement surgeries using the Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Technology

TUCSON, Arizona – Dr. Russell Cohen of Tucson Orthopaedic Institute has performed Tucson’s first two total knee replacement surgeries using Mako, a robotic arm technology for custom surgical procedures.

Until recently, the advanced technology was used for hip and partial‐knee replacements only. These joints are central to body movement and endure a great deal of wear, making knee and hip issues common as we age.

“Patients often tell me the pain in their knee or hip has limited their ability to go grocery shopping, garden or play with their grandchildren,” said Dr. Cohen, who noted the benefits of joint replacement can positively impact mobility and change lives.

Tucson Orthopaedic Institute and Tucson Medical Center are working together to provide state‐of‐the art technology, like Mako. The Mako robotic arm assisted technology brings together advancements in imaging, software and robotics to increase the effectiveness of total hip and knee replacement surgery.

Dr. Cohen has performed more than 50 surgeries using the Mako technology. “With Mako, the surgeon builds the most accurate pre‐operative plan, eliminates the variables, and the robot‐assist facilitates the most precise implant fit.”

This remarkable technology implemented at TOI and TMC may reduce complications, improve outcomes, and increase patient satisfaction.

Nancy Cooper and Carolyn Murphy were the first two patients to receive their total knee replacements using the Mako technology.

“I have had my other knee replaced, and I have done more this week than I was able to do previously with the other replacement,” said Nancy Cooper. “Dr. Cohen does knees every day, and is familiar with everything, but he still took the time to answer my questions, to make sure I felt comfortable and not scared.”

Both patients were up and moving the same day as their surgery and are healing well. “I went in with a smile on my face, and woke up with a smile on my face,” said Carolyn Murphy.

Curious if Mako robotic surgery is right for you? Please call (520) 784‐6200 to schedule an appointment today.

Tucson Medical Center, licensed at more than 600 beds, has been Tucson’s nonprofit community hospital for more than 70 years. In addition to serving as a regional resource for emergency and pediatric care (including Tucson’s first Pediatric Emergency Department), TMC offers top‐notch intensive care units for adults, children and newborns. Specialty areas include women’s, maternity, cardiac, orthopaedic, neuroscience, neurologic, pediatric and imaging. TMC, designated as a ‘Most Wired’ hospital, employs a top‐level electronic medical record system.

The Tucson Orthopaedic Institute is one of the Southwest’s leading orthopaedic medical practices. With five convenient locations and 50 practitioners, Tucson Ortho provides comprehensive surgical and non‐surgical care, serving both adults and children. The fellowship‐trained physicians at Tucson Orthopaedic lnstitute’s specialty centers are committed to improving patient care through community education and outreach efforts to promote lifestyles that create strong, healthy bones, joints and muscles. For more information, please visit www.tucsonortho.com