CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System brings surgical advancements in orthopedic surgery to Southeast Texans October 11, 2019

(Beaumont, Texas) -  CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth hospital is the very first and only hospital in Southeast Texas to offer Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial and Total Knee replacement procedures. The Mako system is the latest advancement in joint replacement surgery – transforming the way knee replacements are performed.

The Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s robotic technology with its GetAroundKnee Triathlon Total Knee System. The system employs a virtual 3D model which allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan before they ever enter the operating room. The result is a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.

“The beauty of the Mako system is that it provides every patient with a personalized surgical experience, based on their diagnosis and anatomy,” explained Wagdy Rizk, M.D. orthopedic surgeon. “Using the 3D model to precisely plan out a patient’s surgical experience allows us to cross-check that plan during the surgical procedure, and make any needed adjustments while guiding the robotic arm to carry out the plan.”

The Mako Total Knee system is a knee replacement treatment option designed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can create a personalized surgical plan while identifying the implant size and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. The Mako system also allows surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan during the procedure.

Currently there are five CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Orthopedic Specialty Center and Beaumont Bone and Joint Institute surgeons trained or undergoing the specialty certification for the program, including Dr. Rizk who recently performed the first surgery.  “CHRISTUS Southeast Texas continues the tradition of bringing advanced technologies and surgical options to our area, giving our patients the very best medical home right here in our community,” said Rizk.

“We are excited to be the first and only hospital in Southeast Texas to offer this highly advanced robotic technology,” stated Paul Trevino, President and CEO of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. “We are constantly striving to bring the latest and best technology to our region. The addition of the Mako System demonstrates the strength of our commitment to provide excellent care to our patients, giving them top quality orthopedic care without the need to travel outside of our community.”