Florida Hospital Flagler is First in Three Counties to Use Robotic Technology for Total Knee Replacements

PALM COAST, Fla., September 5, 2018 – Florida Hospital Flagler is the only hospital in Volusia, Flagler, or St. Johns counties able to perform Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for total knee replacements.

While other hospitals may use Mako technology to perform partial knee replacements, Florida Hospital Flagler is the only hospital in in the area able to perform total knee replacements with the highest level of precision.

The Mako Total Knee procedure is designed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.

“Osteoarthritis, often called ‘wear and tear’ arthritis, causes the knee joint to become pitted, eroded, and uneven, which can be very painful,” said Dr. Jeffrey Keen, an orthopedic surgeon at Florida Hospital Flagler.

Nearly 50 percent of people will develop knee osteoarthritis over their lifetime. Most of the people with osteoarthritis are older than age 45, and women are more commonly affected than men.

In the U.S., total knee replacements are expected to increase 673 percent by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 30 percent of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery.

“Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed,” said Keen. “The Mako System provides each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy.”

Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan before entering the operating room.

Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. During surgery, the surgeon can confirm that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm.

“This is the latest and greatest in the country for knee replacements,” Keen said. “I think the Mako System adds a new level of precision to knee replacements because it gives us live feedback to make sure that knee is put in place perfectly.”

Virtually all knee replacement candidates will be candidates for the Mako System.

To learn more, visit www.PalmCoastMako.com or call 386-586-1910.

About Florida Hospital Flagler
Florida Hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, has announced that it will soon change its name to AdventHealth. Based in Altamonte Springs, Adventist Health System is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospital campuses in nine states and more than 80,000 employees. As of Jan. 2, 2019, Florida Hospital Flagler will adopt the AdventHealth name and logo. This name change is not the result of a merger, acquisition or change in ownership, but part of our efforts to help consumers easily identify AdventHealth’s care locations and services. We remain steadfastly committed to delivering whole-person care for the mind, body and spirit and our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ remains the same.

Located in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Flagler has 99-beds and is one of the six Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division – North Region. For more information about Florida Hospital Flagler, visit www.FloridaHospitalFlagler.com.