In her forties Januita Murray was diagnosed with a prematurely worn left knee. Twenty years later arthritis developed, leading to severe pain that limited simple daily tasks like walking in the food store aisles and bagging her groceries.
After trying less invasive treatments with no success, Murray decided to have a total knee replacement with the Mako Robotic System at the Midwest Institute of Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital in September 2017.
“When I woke up from surgery, I couldn’t believe how I felt - like a million bucks!” Murray said. “The day after surgery I had very little pain and was amazed how well I could walk. I only had to use the walker for three days and a cane for two days. With physical therapy I was back grocery shopping within 2 ½ weeks after my surgery! It just saddens me that I wasted so much time living with such terrible pain.”
Murray’s surgeon was Dr. Andrew Ehmke. “He fully explained every step of the procedure prior to my surgery which alleviated any of my fears,” Murray said.
Silver Cross Hospital is currently the only facility in Will and Grundy counties to offer hip and knee replacement procedures using the Mako Surgical Robot. Surgeons create a detailed plan specific to each patient. Patients get a CT scan of the joint, which the surgeon uses to create a 3D virtual model of the knee. The Mako system helps guide the surgeon within the pre-defined area and prevents the surgeon from moving outside the planed boundaries.
“Robotic surgery allows me to accurately restore the anatomy of the knee because of the precision of the Mako Robot,” Dr. Ehmke said. “I am still the one performing the operation and have full control over the robot. As in Juanita’s surgery, the robot was just another tool to ensure accurate placement of the implant within her knee.”
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