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DEVENEY-DUNLEAVYA new medical technology breakthrough is advancing joint replacement surgery at select orthopedic practices nationwide, and specialists at Danbury Orthopedics are the first in Connecticut to perform these state-of-the-art procedures.

MAKOplasty® is an innovative surgical treatment option for patients needing total hip replacement or partial knee replacement due to degenerative joint disease. The robotic, interactive technology assists orthopedic surgeons in achieving new levels of accuracy and precision.

This past September, Dr. Robert Deveney of Danbury Orthopedics performed Connecticut’s first MAKOplasty procedure. His colleague at the practice, Dr. John Dunleavy, will also be performing MAKOplasties this fall. The two doctors are total joint specialists with advanced expertise in treating hip and knee issues.

The availability of MAKOplasty is an important advantage for patients throughout Connecticut and beyond. Currently, about 800,000 knee replacement and hip replacement surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year. As the baby boomer generation ages, the demand for these procedures – and for new technology to enhance patient outcomes – will continue to grow. Having the highly advanced MAKOplasty system in place now strongly positions Danbury Orthopedics to fulfill demand and lead the way into the future.

In traditional joint replacement procedures, X-rays have been used to identify where the surgeon should position the replacement. With this new technology, 3-dimensional CT scans enable specialists to map the surgical site with precision. The data is fed into a software program on the computer, and assists the surgeon in guiding the robotic arm to remove the exact amount of damaged tissue, and place the new joint with pinpoint precision.

3-D Mapping of the Surgical Site

“MAKOplasty gives us exact 3-D mapping of the patient’s unique anatomy,” says Dr. Deveney. “We get live feedback to see where we are in the surgical space, and built-in safety features prevent the system from moving beyond our surgical parameters. By working with exact coordinates in real time, we are able to consistently reproduce our pre-operative plans. We can remove a minimal amount of bone and prepare the joint to receive the implant with exceptionally precise positioning.”

Because the technology is so supportive of minimally invasive techniques, it will enable surgeons to treat patients in earlier stages of joint disease – preventing further deterioration and improving outcomes.

Proven in the Field

MAKOplasty technology has been used successfully for the last few years in other parts of the country, and is now available in Connecticut. Specialists in adult reconstructive surgery are eligible to learn the system. Certification requires an intensive 3-part process consisting of lab work, interactive training and on-site observation of live procedures, allowing qualified surgeons to master the exact technique.

Dr. Deveney and Dr. Dunleavy anticipate valuable benefits to their patients who are candidates for this surgical option, including better recovery and potential longer life of the replacement implant.

“Because the MAKOplasty procedure in partial knee replacements is less invasive and less traumatic,” says Dr. Dunleavy “it can be performed on an outpatient basis. Most patients will be able to return home the same day or next morning.” A leading specialist in partial knee replacements, Dr. Dunleavy adds, “The technology also offers an important new option for patients needing replacement behind the kneecap – an especially difficult procedure. It’s expanding our ability to treat patients, reduce pain and restore movement.”

MAKO Surgical Corporation defines these benefits of its technology:

  • Enable surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the joint
  • Preserve healthy tissue and bone
  • Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling following surgery
  • Result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional joint replacement surgery
While all patients may not be candidates for MAKOplasty, this advance assures patients of the best care the field can offer, and the right treatment option, thanks to the commitment of the specialists at Danbury Orthopedics.

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