Innovative Robotic Technology Allows Surgeons to Personalize Procedures

Parkwest Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the region to offer robotic-assisted total and partial knee replacements. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way knee replacements are performed.


“The Mako system is a revolutionary tool to help joint surgeons be more precise in placing implants to achieve the most appropriate, balanced position possible,” explained orthopedic surgeon Harold Cates, MD. “This technology should improve patient outcomes in terms of faster recovery, reduced medical risks and reduced need for future revisions.”


The robotic knee replacement treatment option is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the system to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. The system also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.


“The first advantage of this new procedure is that minimizing soft tissue disruption may benefit the early rehabilitation following knee replacement,” said orthopedic surgeon Brian Covino, MD. “The long-term advantage is that a well-balanced knee replacement has the potential to increase the survivorship of the implants and provide a knee that feels more natural to the patient.”


“We are proud that Parkwest is among the first hospitals to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in our area,” said Mike Belbeck, Covenant Health executive vice president of operations. “This addition to our orthopedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.”


Parkwest is West Knoxville’s premier medical facility. In addition to providing the area’s leading cardiac services, Parkwest has a nationally recognized emergency department and offers award-winning care in orthopedics, neurosurgery and obstetrics. Click here for more information about robotic-assisted knee replacements or call 374-PARK.