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Jupiter Medical Center Veteran Surgeon Performs First Total Knee Replacement Using Robotic Arm

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JUPITER, Fla. –  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 available.”

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

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

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