Holy Family Hospital's Regional Center for Orthopedic Care Brings Mako™ Technology to the Merrimack Valley

Technology for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacements provides a minimally-invasive surgical option now available to patients affected by Osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint diseases

Holy Family Hospital’s Regional Center for Orthopedic Care has partnered with its team of orthopedic surgeons to bring Mako™ Technology, a minimally-invasive partial knee repair and total hip replacement surgical option, to the Merrimack Valley. Using this technology, surgeons are now providing patients affected by osteoarthritis and other degenerative diseases with another minimally invasive surgical option when alternatives to surgery just don’t bring relief. 

“We are proud to be the only hospital in the Merrimack Valley to offer Mako Technology, which the orthopedic surgeons are now offering at our Methuen campus,” said Joseph Roach, President of Holy Family Hospital. “More importantly, we want our patients to have choices, especially when it comes to their quality of life. We are constantly evaluating ways in which we can provide access to advanced treatment technologies and sophisticated procedures. In addition to the health benefits, the results can have a lasting impact on an individual’s life, and their families.”

For many people, joint pain puts a damper on day-to-day activities by turning basic movements, such as walking up a flight of stairs, into obstacles. Joint surgery can offer pain relief, better mobility and an improved quality of life  – for the right candidate.
“The severity of someone’s condition and its impact on their health and lifestyle are significant factors when it comes to weighing the benefits of joint surgery,” said Holy Family Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Barry Bickley, MD. “When symptoms don’t improve with alternative treatment options and constant pain from aching and stiff joints continues to limit someone’s physical abilities and affect their quality of life, joint surgery may be the best option.”  
Mak Technology benefits include: 
·       Superior accuracy and precision of implant alignment
·       Spare healthy bone and cartilage
·       Reduced blood loss
·       Shorter hospitalization
·       Quicker rehabilitation
·       Smaller incision
·       Minimal scarring
·       More natural motion after surgery

“Mako requires a smaller incision than a traditional partial knee or total hip replacement and also spares healthy bone,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Steven Andriola, MD. “By achieving more exact alignment and positioning there is less wear or loosening of the implant. As a result, many patients return to an active lifestyle with a more natural feeling joint within weeks of surgery.” Holy Family Hospital’s Regional Center for Orthopedic Care in Methuen is recognized as a Blue Distinction Plus orthopedic center of excellence for knees and hips by BlueCross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The center has also earned The Joint Commission Disease Specific Care Certification for Hip and Knee Surgeries.

Individuals affected by osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease are invited to join Holy Family Hospital’s expert orthopedic surgeons at a FREE seminar “Making Knees & Hips Better with Minimally-Invasive Joint Repair” that will address the causes, symptoms, non-surgical and surgical treatment options for these conditions. Information on Mako will also be provided.

Thomas Hoerner, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon at Holy Family Hospital’s Regional Center for Orthopedic Care is leading the next seminar on Thursday, October 23 from 6 to 7 pm at Holy Family Hospital, 70 East St., Methuen, MA 01844. To register, please call 1-800-488-5959.

 
For more information on MAKOplasty and a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit www.holyfamily-hospital.org/MAKOplasty
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About Holy Family Hospital 
Holy Family Hospital is a 383-bed acute-care hospital with two campuses, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley in Haverhill. Both locations provide comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and 24/7 emergency services to the greater Merrimack Valley, southern New Hampshire and the New Hampshire seacoast. Holy Family Hospital’s Methuen and Haverhill campuses are proud recipients of the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission. Both campuses have also earned “A” Hospital Safety Scores from The Leapfrog Group for their performance on national standards of safety, quality and efficiency. Holy Family Hospital is part of the Steward Health Care Systems LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England, which combines over 3,000 physicians, 11 acute care hospitals, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care.

 

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