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Leading-Edge Robotic Assisted Orthopedic Surgery

Leading-Edge Robotic Assisted Orthopedic SurgeryIt may still sound a little futuristic to some, but Bayfront Health Port Charlotte has offered Stryker’s Mako System since 2010, offering highly advanced robotic-arm assisted joint replacement procedures. Today, they remain the only facility in both Charlotte and Lee Counties to offer this robotic technology.

There are multiple procedures that the Mako robotic-assisted surgical device offers. Bayfront Health Port Charlotte provides all three: total knee, partial knee, and total hip replacement. Mako enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience when performing joint replacement surgery.

What are the benefits? In short, robotic surgery with Mako, can provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy. Using a virtual 3D model, Mako allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, practitioners can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan. It’s groundbreaking to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.

Nicholas J. Connors, M.D. and Ronald M. Constine, M.D., both Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeons, are vastly experienced with the robotic-assisted surgical device, Mako.

Dr. Constine explained, “Dr. Connors and I have been performing Mako robotic partial knee replacements at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte since 2011 with superb predictable outcomes. Dr. Connors this past year started doing Mako robotic total knee replacements, and I will begin this month.”

Dr. Connors adds, “Yes, I have performed over 300 robotic replacements and since Bayfront Health Port Charlotte added the total knee capability in December of 2017, I have performed over 100 surgeries. The results have been outstanding.”

Drs. Connors and Constine have a proven track record of high performance and both demonstrate a commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.

The Mako Total Knee application is a knee replacement treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. 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. The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intraoperatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

The Mako Partial Knee application is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.

Following the personalized pre-operative plan, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to execute the pre-determined surgical plan and position the implant.

By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion of the knee, while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint. Studies have shown robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement to be two to three times more accurate than manual partial knee replacement procedures.1,2,3

The Mako Total Hip application is a treatment option for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to prepare the hip socket and position the implant according to the pre-determined surgical plan. In cadaveric studies, Mako total hip replacement acetabular cup placement has been shown to be four times more accurate and reproducible than manual total hip replacement procedures.4

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte
2500 Harbor Blvd.,
Port Charlotte, FL

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte regularly hosts free informational seminars for you to explore your options. To learn more about this surgical treatment option, attend this free seminar with live Mako demo:

Thursday, January 24th
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Robotic-assisted Treatment Options for Hip and Knee Pain with Live Demonstration
Speaker: Nicholas Connors, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte,
2500 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte
Learn how patients receive a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy. Free. Register at

To learn more about this and other surgical options at Bayfront Health, visit:

1. Dunbar NJ, Roche MW, Park BH, Branch SH et al. Accuracy of Dynamic Tactile-Guided Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty. May 2012. 27(5): 803-808.e1.
2. Lonner, JH. Robotic-arm assisted unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. Seminars in Arthroplasty. 2009;20(1): 15-22.
3. Lonner JH, John TK, Conditt MA. Robotic arm-assisted UKA improved tibial component alignment: A pilot study. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010;468(1):141-6.
4. Nawabi DH, Conditt MA, Ranawat AS, Dunbar NJ et al. Haptically guided robotic technology in total hip arthroplasty: a cadaveric investigation. J Engineering in Medicine. 2012;227(3):302-309.

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