MAKO Robot Total Joint Replacement Surgery at Kent Hospital

"Living with arthritis, hip or knee pain, is unnecessary, in today’s day and age of medical advancements. Whether you’re a young person with a sports injury, or 65 years old or older, and have been experiencing pain and discomfort walking, or doing some of the things you love, such as gardening, golfing, jogging, playing tennis, or chasing the grand kids around, you shouldn’t let joint pain stand in the way of your quality of life," says Dr. Robert M. Shalvoy, Executive Chief of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Care New England.

Kent Hospital now has one of only two MAKO robots in the state of Rhode Island, and it is revolutionizing how surgeons are performing total joint replacement surgery, allowing patients to stay healthier, longer.


"For those unfamiliar with it, the MAKO robot serves as an assistant to orthopedic surgeons who are looking to achieve unmatched precision in total joint, hip, and knee procedures. In the operating room, as the Executive Chief of Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Care New England, I am able to use the robot’s scanning capabilities to generate a 3D model of the patients’ joint, which will allow them to have a more in-depth and accurate look into the joint when planning for the operation. During the surgery, I am also able to use the robotic arm to better position the implant as well as remove diseased bone and cartilage within a pre-defined area, allowing for greater precision and comfort for the patient," Dr. Shalvoy added.


Dr. Shalvoy went on to say, "patients should know that having a MAKO surgery is efficient and recovery time is quicker, due to the precise nature of the surgery. Having a surgery using the MAKO robot makes for the most predictably successful surgery one can receive. This translates into better success for patients, which is my ultimate goal as a surgeon."


Don't let joint pain stand in the way of living your best life. If you our a loved one has been struggling with arthritis, knee, or hip pain, our team of physicians at Kent Hospital can work with you in a consultative process to help you understand your options. Visit us here to learn more.