FORT HOOD, Texas –Recovery time for beneficiaries needing knee replacements now will be drastically reduced, thanks to Carl R.  Darnall Army Medical Center’s recent robotic acquisition.

The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology replaces the traditional method of one-size fits all and uses robotic technology to create a personalized surgical plan in total knee replacements. Using 3D technology, implants, as well as their orientation and alignment, are customized based on the individual’s anatomy. The system also uses virtual technology to modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

“Total joint surgery is a complex operation and requires precise bone cuts at the surface of the joint being replaced to provide the highest functioning joint for the patient,” said Maj. Ryan Sieg, a CRDAMC orthopaedic surgeon and Uniformed Health Services University of the Health Sciences graduate who recently performed the first total knee replacement procedure.

According to Sieg, patients undergoing robotic procedures have better patient outcomes that include less pain, shorter recovery times and faster return to normal activities.

“Our goal is to bring the best possible care to our patients,” said Dr. Sieg, stressing Fort hood’s young and active population. “The nice thing about using the robot is that when the total joint implants are placed perfectly, the joint works better, it can last a long time and it gives each patient the best opportunity for excellent function of their joint.”

CRDAMC is the first Army hospital to offer total knee replacement using the latest robotic–arm assisted total knee application.

“We are proud to be the first DoD facility to offer this robotic technology,” said Col. Richard Malish, CRDAMC commander. “This addition to the many tools and technologies available through our surgical service line further demonstrates our commitment to better care for the Fort Hood community.”