JUPITER, Fla. – October 17, 2019 – New robotic arm technology at Jupiter Medical Center is designed to help
orthopedic surgery patients, undergoing a total knee replacement, recover
faster and experience less pain.
Dr. Vincent A. Fowble of Palm Beach Orthopedic Institute performed the
hospital’s first total knee replacement surgery using the MAKO Robotic-Arm
Assisted Technology in mid-October. Dr. Fowble’s patient, a 57-year-old
woman, is the first Jupiter Medical Center patient to receive a knee replacement
utilizing the new technology.
“We do well over 600,000 total joint replacements a year in the United
States,” explained Dr. Fowble. “I’m very excited. I
do a lot of highly complex cases, and the MAKO robotic arm is easier to
use than other hand-held, robotic-assisted technology devices currently
The MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology provides Jupiter Medical Center’s
orthopedic surgeons with the ability to create a personalized surgical
plan for each knee replacement patient. Through machine learning, the
MAKO robotic arm creates a 3D virtual model of the patient’s bone
anatomy, allowing medical teams to put implants in place. Once the surgical
team is satisfied with the virtual model, they can use the MAKO robotic
arm to proceed with the surgery.
“The latest MAKO technology allows for more precise bone preparation.
As a result, there is less soft tissue injury, potentially allowing patients
to experience less pain as well as a speedier recovery,” added Dr. Fowble.
“The MAKO robotic arm allows our physicians to treat our patients
more effectively, especially for patients with complicated joint reconstruction
needs,” said Dr. Amit Rastogi, Jupiter Medical Center’s president
and CEO. “Having this type of innovative technology available, demonstrates
the hospital’s dedication to quality and patient-centered medicine.”
Dr. Fowble joined Jupiter Medical Center in 2005 and has more than 20 years
of orthopedic medicine experience. He is fellowship trained in adult reconstruction
and specializes in total joint replacement of the hip and knee. Additionally,
Dr. Fowble teaches other orthopedic surgeons the technique of resurfacing,
a procedure indicated for young and active adults.
About Jupiter Medical Center
An independent, not-for-profit, 297-bed regional medical center, Jupiter
Medical Center is the first and only hospital in Palm Beach, Martin, St.
Lucie, Indian River, Dade and Broward counties to receive a five-star
rating for patient safety and quality of care – the highest ranking
awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The ranking
places the hospital in the top 7 percent of the nation’s hospitals.
In addition, the Leapfrog Group, a national healthcare watchdog organization,
recognized Jupiter Medical Center as a Top Hospital and awarded the hospital
an “A” in overall patient safety and quality care. World-class
physicians, strategic partnerships, and innovative techniques and technology
enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services, with
specialty concentrations in neurosciences and stroke care; cardiac and
vascular care; oncology; women’s and children’s services;
orthopedics and spine care; urgent care; and other key areas. Founded
in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,689 team members,
650 physicians, 593 nurses and 640 volunteers. For more information on
Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2200 or visit jupitermed.com.
About Jupiter Medical Center Foundation
Since its founding in 1989, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation has empowered
Jupiter Medical Center with the financial resources to reimagine the delivery
of health and wellness to the region. Jupiter Medical Center Foundation,
together with Jupiter Medical Center, is committed to transforming regional
healthcare through leading-edge technology, patient-centered care and
enhanced facilities. The Foundation has funded a number of major projects
at Jupiter Medical Center, including the De George Pediatric Unit in partnership
with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Margaret W. Niedland Breast
Center, The Anderson Family Orthopedic & Spine Center, the Frank E.
and Mary D. Walsh Robotic Surgery Program, and the Florence A. De George Pavilion.
As a leading, not-for-profit medical provider in the region, Jupiter Medical
Center relies on philanthropic gifts to maintain patients’ well-being
and quality of care, and Jupiter Medical Center Foundation is dedicated
to securing this financial support in order to fulfill the mission of
the organization. For more information, please visit jmcfoundation.org.
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