New robotic surgery helping those who need new knees
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center are among the first hospitals on the West Coast to offer the first of its kind: robotic surgery for patients who need total knee replacement.
This will be the gold standard in the way joint replacement surgery is done,” says Todd Borus, M.D.
Dr. Borus is an orthopedic surgeon at Rebound Orthopedics who has performed more Mako robotic hip and partial knee surgeries than any other surgeon in the Pacific Northwest. Many of those procedures take place at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. Borus is one of the first surgeons to embrace the use of robotics for orthopedics and is considered a national leader in the Mako robotic program. Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center invested in the technology early on and is one of only three hospitals in Washington State that offers the Mako total knee surgery.
“I’m thrilled by the results so far,” said Borus. “This allows us to map out the area before the surgery and then use the computer generated blueprint with the robotic arm to make precise cuts, protecting the surrounding soft tissue, setting a precise alignment and creating a perfectly a balanced knee.”
For his patients it means a great outcome, and faster recovery time because it’s minimally invasive surgery. “This method is the best. I did my research,” says Lynne Annett who had the surgery January 30 on her right knee. At age 70, Annett is a competitive tennis player, a windsurfer and an alpine skier. She’d been sidelined because of her knee. “I’ve always been very active. But the pain made it impossible for me to continue and I wasn’t ready to give it up. This has given me back my freedom.”
“It’s rewarding to help people reclaim their mobility and improve quality of life,” said Dr. Borus “ It used to be we would tell patients their knee might last 10 to 15 years but because of advances in the procedure and in the materials, the data shows a new knee might last 20 to 30 years.”
This has opened the door for younger patients in their 40s and 50s. Borus says, “We’re starting to see a huge surge in patients – the younger athletic population that has worn out their knee prematurely due to sports injuries. That’s the fastest growing demographic of the knee replacement population in general.”
Dr. Borus, who began his practice is 2006, is now training other surgeons how to use the Mako total knee procedure. “Robotics is the future of surgery. It won’t ever replace the surgeon. But it’s a consistently precise tool for the intricate work we do that results in the best outcomes for our patients.”
For more information about the Mako total knee replacement and the Legacy Total Joint Center at Salmon Creek, contact Kelly Love at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
Legacy Total Joint Center-Salmon Creek has earned the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval for knees, shoulders and hip replacement from The Joint Commission — one of only 120 programs in the nation, and only the third program in the nation to earn certification for all three procedures. The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. This accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting high performance standards.