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CMH now offering Mako robotic-arm assisted total knee application

Citizens Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in southwest Missouri to offer Stryker’s robotic-arm assisted total knee application for use with its Mako System.

Board certified orthopedic surgeons Jonathan Gray, D.O., and Troy Morrison, D.O., with CMH Orthopedic & Spine Center in Bolivar will use the robotic technology.

This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed through innovation, precision and increased accuracy. The highly advanced robotic technology enables patients to recover faster and more effectively.

“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,” says Dr. Gray. “Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows us 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.”

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, we 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,” says Dr. Morrison. “The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.”

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 189% by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 30% 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.

“We are proud to be the first hospital to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in our area,” says Gary Fulbright, chief executive officer/executive director of Citizens Memorial Hospital and Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation. “This addition to our orthopedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.”

Other orthopedic specialists at CMH Orthopedic & Spine Center include board certified surgeons David Rogers, M.D., and Ron Smith M.D., and physician assistants, Stephanie Aug, PA-C and Jake Condren, PA-C.

From diagnostic testing and evaluation to surgery and rehabilitation, CMH Orthopedic & Spine Center offers personalized assessments, treatment plans and complete orthopedic care that includes minimally invasive spine surgery, hip and knee replacement, carpal tunnel and rotator cuff repair. Orthopedic care is also available in Appleton City, El Dorado Springs and Osceola.

More information regarding Mako Total Knee can be found at or CMH Orthopedic & Spine Center accepts most major insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid. To schedule an appointment call CMH Orthopedic & Spine Center at 417-777-2663.

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