Crouse Health Adds Advanced Mako SmartRobotics to its Comprehensive Robotic Surgery Program

Building on its regional leadership and experience in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, Crouse Health has recently added the MakoSmartRobotics™ technology for total knee, partial knee and total hip orthopedic procedures.

The Mako robotic technology can relieve painful arthritis in knees and hips, and it’s been associated with less pain, less need for pain medication, reduced hospital stays and improved knee flexion and soft tissue protection.

Mako does not perform the surgery, make decisions on its own, or move without the surgeon guiding it. It’s the surgeon who guides Mako’s robotic arm during the surgery, and it’s the surgeon who is able to make adjustments to the plan at any time as needed. Mako’s 3D CT-based imaging, coupled with technology that provides more accurate and precise maneuverability, results in improved outcomes, such as less pain and quicker recovery times compared to manual surgery, helping patients get back to the things they love quicker.

“As the market leader in robotic surgery, Crouse is pleased to offer Central New York orthopedic patients the Mako robotic technology,” says Crouse President and CEO Seth Kronenberg, MD. “Our surgeons have been pioneers in robotic-assisted surgery for 15 years. We’re proud of the program we have built in collaboration with many of the region’s top surgeons and are excited to be adding the Mako orthopedic technology to our comprehensive robotics program.”

Patient benefits of the Mako advanced technology:

  • Less pain and faster recovery: Mako robotic surgery can reduce the amount of bone and soft tissue that is removed during the procedure, which can lower the risk of complications and infections. Mako surgery can also improve the alignment and placement of the artificial joint components, which can enhance stability and mobility.
  • More precise and consistent results: Mako use advanced technology which provides tactile, visual and auditory feedback to the surgeon during the procedure. This helps the surgeon achieve the desired orientation of the artificial joint components, which can improve their performance and durability.
  • Less damage to healthy bone: Mako surgery guides the surgeon’s movements with a robotic arm, which ensures that they follow the plan exactly. This can help preserve more healthy bone tissue around the joint area, which can reduce the need for additional bone grafting or revision surgeries in the future.

Crouse’s Regional Leadership Role in Robotic Surgery
Since launching its robotic surgery program in 2008, Crouse surgeons have performed over 16,000 robotic-assisted procedures. The program has expanded to include seven da Vinci XI systems and the latest addition of a da Vinci Single Port (SP) system, the only one in Central New York. The program’s 27 surgeons provide procedures that support a variety of medical conditions in a wide range of specialty areas, including general, bariatric, colorectal, thoracic surgery, GYN oncology, gynecology and urology.

“This addition to our robotics service line reflects our ongoing commitment to providing the community with outstanding, comprehensive healthcare,” says Dr. Kronenberg.

Crouse Health is pleased to partner with the following orthopedic surgeons in bringing the Mako single-arm robotic system to our patients:

Robert Sherman, MD
David Quinzi, MD
Max Greenky, MD
Kevin Kopko, MD
Anthony Orio, MD