Dr. Padraic Obma performs Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley's 1st total knee replacement — 5 insights

Appleton, Wis.-based Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley became the first surgery center in Northern Wisconsin to perform a total knee replacement with Stryker's Mako robotic-arm assisted total knee application.

Here's what you should know:

1. Institute physician Padraic Obma, MD, performed the first procedure on a 64-year-old patient in August.

He said, "Robotic surgery is the leading-edge of orthopedics. Being the first surgical facility in our area to offer the Mako System for total knee and hip replacement puts our practice on the leading-edge locally. Adopting Mako technology and providing it at no additional cost to our joint replacement patients exemplifies our practice's commitment to delivering patient-focused care to the community."

2. The institute installed Stryker's Mako system in response to growing U.S. demand for TKR. By 2030, total knee replacement procedures are expected to increase 673 percent, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

3. The Mako Total Knee application uses CT-based 3-D bone anatomy modeling for surgeons to personalize their surgical plan and identify implant size, orientation and alignment prior to surgery. Surgeons can also modify the surgical plan intraoperatively.

4. Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley has performed several joint replacement procedures in the past. In 2008, the institute performed its first partial knee replacement; in 2009, its first total knee and total hip replacements; and in 2011 it performed a bilateral total knee replacement.

5. The institute offers nonsurgical, surgical and post-surgical orthopedic care. The institute has an onsite ASC and a physician clinic.

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