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NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst Begins Robotic Surgery For Hip And Knee Replacements

The Stryker Mako SmartRobotics system allows for faster recovery times and reduced pain and complications for total hip, total knee and partial knee replacement patients

Aug 10, 2022

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst announced today that it has acquired the Stryker Mako SmartRobotics system to perform robotic-assisted hip and knee replacement procedures. This new surgical option offers patients a minimally invasive alternative for total hip, total knee and partial knee replacements. The highly advanced technology used in robotic surgery for joint replacement enables patients to recover faster and more effectively. NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, which is accredited by The Joint Commission in Total Joint – Hip and Total Joint – Knee replacements, is the first hospital within the NYC Health + Hospitals system to use to introduce the Mako robotic surgical procedure.

“NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst is happy to be able to offer the Stryker Mako SmartRoboticssystem as an option for our patients,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst CEO Helen Arteaga Landaverde, MPH. “This demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality care to our orthopedic patients as well as our continuing efforts to embrace advanced technology so that our community has the care it needs and deserves.”

“The Mako robotic system, which combines 3D CT-based planning with data analytics, allows us to create a more personalized plan for each patient based on their unique anatomy before surgery,” said Dr. Rohit Hasija, Elmhurst’s Hip and Knee Program Director. “During surgery, we can then confirm that plan and adjust if needed, all the while guiding a surgical robotic-arm to perform that plan. We are thrilled to be able to offer these advanced techniques as part of the care we provide as we believe them to lead to better outcomes for total knee, total hip and partial knee patients.”

Mako SmartRobotics is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm during bone preparation to execute the predetermined surgical plan and position the implant. Studies have shown that robotic-arm assisted joint replacement surgery leads to greater accuracy of implant position compared to manual partial joint replacement procedures. Other benefits for patients include less pain, less need for opiate analgesics, less need for inpatient physical therapy and a reduction in length of hospital stay.

For more information on programs and services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, please call 718 334-4000 or visit nychealthandhospitals.org/elmhurst.


Contact: Atiya Butler, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, (917) 319-5167

About NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst:

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, part of the NYC Health + Hospitals health care system, is the major tertiary care provider in the borough of Queens. The 545-bed hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center, an Emergency Heart Care Station, and a 911-Receiving Hospital. It is a premiere health care organization for several specialties, including surgery, cardiology, women’s health, pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine, renal services, and mental health services. Last year, the hospital received close to 700,000 ambulatory care visits and over 130,000 emergency room visits. The hospital has been nationally-ranked by US News and World Report in key areas, including Heart Failure, Kidney Failure, Orthopedics, Pneumonia, and COPD.

About NYC Health + Hospitals:

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation, serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthandHospitals or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.