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St. Mary Medical Center's new surgical services department

St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart

A Hobart hospital says it's the first in Northwest Indiana to offer robotic knee replacement surgery.

St. Mary Medical Center does partial and total knee replacements using the Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery System, which the hospital says shortens recovery time and reduces post-surgical pain.

“Mako transforms the way partial and total knee replacements are performed,” said Dr. Michael Knesek, the orthopedic surgeon who recently did the first Mako procedure at St. Mary. “Our surgical team has information and precision at our fingertips in real-time during a procedure that we did not have access to before.”

The Mako System furnishes surgeons with a 3-D model that allows them to create each patient’s surgical plan, based on their specific anatomy, before entering the operating room. During the procedure, the surgeon can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm to perform the surgery as planned.

“It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology to our knee-replacement patients,” Knesek said. “The robotic arm is not performing the surgery, but it is assisting the surgeon in performing the procedure in the most precise and efficient manner. This helps to create a better postoperative experience for the patient.”  

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Knesek will give a public presentation on the Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Surgery System in the Community Room of the Valparaiso Health Center, 3800 St. Mary Drive. This program is free. Registration is required. Call 219-836-3477 or toll-free 866-836-3477 to register.


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