Central Carolina Hospital is First to Offer Hip and Knee Procedures Performed with Highly-Advanced Robotic Arm Technology

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SANFORD, NC  -- January 21, 2013 – Central Carolina Hospitalis the first in the Sandhills region to offer  MAKOplasty®  Partial Knee Resurfacing and MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement procedures, performed using the RIO®  Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System marketed by MAKO Surgical Corp. RIO is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants. We are one of eight hospitals in North Carolina that offer this technology.


 “Accuracy is key in planning and performing both partial knee and total hip procedures,” said Dr. Andrew Bush, an orthopedic surgeon on staff at Central Carolina Hospital. “For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right.  RIO enables surgeons to personalize partial knee and total hip arthroplasties to achieve optimal results at a level of accuracy and reproducibility previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation.”

The RIO System features a patient-specific visualization system and proprietary tactile robotic arm technology that is integrated with intelligent surgical instruments. It assists surgeons in pre-planning and in treating each patient uniquely and with consistently reproducible procedure.


MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery. A pre-surgical plan is created based on a CT scan of the patient’s own knee, and the surgeon uses the robotic arm during surgery to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, sparing healthy bone and surrounding tissue for a more natural feeling knee. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.


During MAKOplasty Total Hip Replacement surgery, RIO provides visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation and implant positioning to match the pre-surgical plan. After first preparing the femur or thighbone, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to accurately ream and shape the acetabulum socket in the hip, and then implant the cup at the correct depth and orientation. The surgeon then implants the femoral implant.  MAKOplasty offers the confidence of more accurate cup placement and accurate leg length restoration. ”We are proud to be the first to use this innovative technology in the Sandhills,” said Doug Doris, CEO of Central Carolina Hospital. “It is part of our commitment to provide our community with the best possible healthcare.”


Central Carolina Hospital will host a “Meet the RIO” Open House for the community on February 7, 2013 at 4 p.m. For more information about MAKOplasty or the “Meet the RIO” Open House please call 1-855-44-J-O-I-N-T.



Central Carolina Hospital is a 137-bed acute care hospital that serves the health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities.  With over 100 physicians on staff, the hospital offers a wide range of specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, hospitalist services, nephrology, hematology, urology, podiatry, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, primary care provider network, ear nose and throat (ENT) provider network, cardiology provider  network and a women’s care provider network.  Hospital services include emergency room, physical and occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, maternity services, nutritional counseling by clinical dietitians, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization.


Committed to providing quality care to the community, the hospital has earned numerous disease-specific quality designations:


  1. Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers
  2. American Heart Association Get with the GuidelinesSM Gold Plus Performance Achieve­ment Award for Heart Failure, Jan 2012
  3. Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Heart Failure
  4. CIGNA Quality Center for Heart Failure