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The Medical Center Now Offering Newest Technology in Total Knee Replacement with Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee Application

Monday, April 24, 2017

Innovative Robotic Technology Allows Surgeons to Personalize Procedures to Patients in Southcentral Kentucky


The Medical Center, flagship hospital of Med Center Health, is the first hospital in Southcentral Kentucky to offer Stryker’s robotic-arm assisted total knee application for use with its Mako System. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed.


Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 673 percent by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 30 percent of patients are dissatisfied after conventional surgery. Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically proven GetAroundKnee (Triathlon Total Knee System), which has enabled surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy during laboratory testing.


“Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed by providing each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said Sameer Badarudeen, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon with Medical Center Orthopaedics. “Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon can 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 transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.”


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 intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.


“The success of total knee replacement depends on many variables, including leg alignment, positioning of the implants and balancing the joint with proper ligament tension,” said Rasesh Desai, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon with Medical Center Orthopaedics. “Mako robotic-arm assisted technology is more accurate and reliable in controlling these variables compared to conventional manual surgery. The Mako system can provide real time intra-operative information on component position, alignment and ligament balance, and the surgeon has the capability of virtually changing the position of the component to achieve these goals. This system significantly improves surgical precision for knee replacement. Anyone thinking about having a knee replacement procedure should consider taking advantage of this breakthrough technology available at The Medical Center.”


“We are proud to be the first hospital to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in our area,” said Connie Smith, President and CEO of Med Center Health. “This addition to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.”

The Medical Center to Host Demonstration of New Highly-Advanced Robotic Arm Technology for Hip and Knee Replacements

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Medical Center will host a demonstration of its recent investment in the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System on Friday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Medical Center Auditorium. The public will have an opportunity to “test drive” the new technology.

The Medical Center is the first in Southcentral Kentucky to offer total knee, partial knee and total hip replacement procedures, performed using the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System marketed by Stryker. The Mako system is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants. The Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in Kentucky which have invested in the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System.

The Mako System features a patient-specific visualization system and proprietary tactile robotic arm technology that is integrated with intelligent surgical instruments. It assists surgeons in pre-planning and in treating each patient uniquely and with consistently reproducible procedure. Mako Total Knee Replacement, Partial Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement are performed at The Medical Center by UK Orthopaedic Surgeons Sameer Badarudeen, M.D. and Rasesh Desai, M.D. with Medical Center Orthopaedics.

Free Joint Pain Seminar Offered on April 18

Monday, April 3, 2017

Medical Center Orthopaedics will host a free Joint Pain Seminar on Tuesday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. at The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex. UK Orthopaedic Surgeon Sameer Badarudeen, M.D. will discuss the causes of hip and knee pain and the latest treatment options available at The Medical Center, including joint replacement surgery. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

To register, visit MedCenterOrtho.com/JointPain. For questions, call Medical Center Orthopaedics at 270-780-2750. The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex is located at 700 First Avenue on The Medical Center campus.

The Medical Center at Bowling Green Receives Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Medical Center at Bowling Green, flagship hospital of Med Center Health, has received full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This is the fifth accreditation cycle The Medical Center has completed since 2004. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the use of cardiac catheterization to treat narrowed coronary arteries to the heart. The Medical Center is the only Chest Pain Center in Southcentral Kentucky accredited with PCI.

“The Medical Center is committed to providing the best standards of care for our patients,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Med Center Health. “Receiving the highest level of accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care is proof of that commitment. As an accredited facility, we use state-of-the-art methods and continually seek to improve our processes and procedures.”

“The work we are doing has produced some amazing outcomes,” said Muhammad Akbar, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist with Western Kentucky Heart and Lung. “We have a dedicated team of healthcare professionals – from Medical Center EMS, Emergency Department, Cardiac Cath Lab, Nursing and various ancillary departments – who ensure our patients receive the most appropriate, evidence-based care. Together, we work tirelessly to save lives and reduce the damage from a heart attack.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation status, The Medical Center at Bowling Green demonstrates expertise in the following areas:
• Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
• Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
• Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
• Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
• Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
• Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
• Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
• Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

About The Medical Center
The Medical Center at Bowling Green is the flagship hospital for Med Center Health. Located in Bowling Green, Ky., The Medical Center is a 337-bed, full service, not-for-profit hospital specializing in heart care, cancer care, obstetrics and neonatology, neuroscience and orthopaedic services. With a mission to care for people and improve the quality of life in the communities it serves, Med Center Health contributed $80.4 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2016. Med Center Health treats patients regardless of their ability to pay and annually provides millions in community benefit through charity care for the uninsured and shortfalls in governmental reimbursements (Medicare and Medicaid). To learn more, visit www.TheMedicalCenter.org.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease. For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

Free Joint Pain Seminar Offered on February 21

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Medical Center Orthopaedics will host a free Joint Pain Seminar on Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. at The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex. Orthopaedic Surgeon Sameer Badarudeen, M.D. will discuss the causes of hip and knee pain and the latest treatment options available at The Medical Center, including joint replacement surgery. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

To register, visit MedCenterOrtho.com/JointPain. For questions, call Medical Center Orthopaedics at 270-780-2750. The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex is located at 700 First Avenue on The Medical Center campus.