Orthopedic surgeons Haissam Elzaim, MD, and Ramon Soriano, MD, now offer Mako™ robotic-arm assisted surgery as an advanced treatment option to help relieve chronic knee pain associated with osteoarthritis. Mako technology enables doctors to create a personalized surgical plan for patients who are deemed candidates for this procedure.
The Confidence to Move Forward
Rosalinda Herrera suffered with pain in her left knee for several years before she saw a news story last January about the Mako system at Doctors Hospital. “I cut it out and carried it with me,” she says. “I thought maybe this could provide relief for me.” Rosalinda already had her right knee replaced years earlier. Learning about Mako gave her the confidence to schedule a Mako procedure on her left knee with Orthopedic Surgeon Haissam Elzaim, MD. “The Mako system helps us to selectively target the damaged portions of the knee, while preserving the healthy parts of the joint,” explains Dr. Elzaim. “This can support faster recoveries, shorter hospital stays and better outcomes.” Since having the Mako procedure last May, Rosalinda is now back into her walking routine and glad she had her knee treated. “Now I can walk without a cane and without pain,” she says.
Staying Active At 81
For Reiko Cuellar, the severe pain in her right knee came on suddenly last December. “It hurt so much I couldn’t walk,” she says. At first, her doctor thought she might have twisted her knee. But when the pain continued after two or three months, her doctor introduced her to board certified Orthopedic Surgeon Ramon Soriano, MD, to discuss the possibility of joint replacement. Reiko recalls telling him, “I’m too old for surgery. I’m 81.” She then learned more about the Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery and decided to have the procedure. “I used the walker a little bit, and then I used a cane for one or two weeks,” she says of her recovery. “I’m doing so well. I am very happy.” “The Mako system can be very effective for people of many different ages,” says Dr. Soriano. “It enables us to customize treatment to each patient’s anatomy.” “I’m so glad I went ahead with the surgery,” Reiko says. “I 100% recommend it.”
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*Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any knee or hip surgical procedure, including Mako™ robotic-arm assisted surgery. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if a Mako procedure is right for you.