Stryker Mako System


Innovative Robotic Technology Allows Surgeons to Personalize

Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement Procedures

Franklin Medical Center is the only rural hospital in Louisiana to offer robotic-arm assisted total knee and total hip replacements with Stryker’s Mako System.

 This highly advanced robotic technology uses CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy to transform the way joint replacement surgery is performed. It allows the surgeon to have a highly-predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy, which results in much more favorable outcomes for the patient.

“With this system, we can provide each patient a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said FMC orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Gene Soeller. “Using a virtual 3D model, this allows us to create each patient’s surgical plan before entering the operating room. During surgery, we validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan.”

“It’s exciting to be able to offer this type of total joint replacement technology here at FMC.”

 The demand for joint replacements is expected to rise exponentially during the next decade due to an aging “baby boomer” population. Studies predict that total knee replacements are expected to increase by upwards of 700%, with total hip replacements increasing to nearly 200%.

 “Unfortunately, these same studies have shown that roughly 30 percent of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery,” said Dr. Sollers.

 Both the Mako Total Knee application the Total Hip application use CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy whereby the surgeon 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 intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

“We are proud to be the first rural hospital to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in Louisiana,” said Paul Price, chairman of the Franklin Medical Center Board of Commissioners. “The addition of Mako to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare. This is something that a lot of people in our area need, and we want to be able to fill that need with the highest standard of care possible.”


Check out these videos for more information.


Mako Total Knee Replacement Video

Mako Total Hip Replacement Video