Dr. Thomas Kovack now offers STRYKER’S MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Replacement


MARCH 20, 2019 DUBLIN, OHIO – Dr. Thomas J Kovack is the first orthopedic surgeon at Dublin Methodist Hospital to offer Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total and Partial Knee replacement procedures. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery is transforming the way joint replacement procedures are performed.

Robotic-arm assisted surgery is a new approach to joint replacement that offers the potential for a higher level of patient-specific implant alignment and positioning.1 The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon controlled robotic-arm that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy.2

“Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed,” said Dr. Kovack of Hand and Microsurgery Associates. “Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to personalize each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively, so there is a clear plan for how the surgeon will position the implant before entering the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments, while the robotic-arm then allows the surgeon to execute that plan with a high level of accuracy and predictability. The combination of these three features of the system has the potential to lead to better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.”

The Mako Total and Partial Knee application is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has progressed to one or all three compartments of the knee. Following the personalized pre-operative plan, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to execute the pre-determined surgical plan and to position the implant. By selectively targeting only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion of the knee while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint. Studies have shown robotic-arm assisted total and partial knee replacement is two to three times more accurate than manual total or partial knee replacement procedures.2-4

”We are proud to be the first to use this innovative technology at Dublin Methodist Hospital in Dublin, Ohio,” said Dr. Kovack. “It is part of our commitment to provide our community with outstanding healthcare.”


Dr. Thomas J Kovack

Hand and Microsurgery Associates in Columbus, OH





  1. Anthony, Ian, Bell, Stuart W., Blyth, Mark, Jones, Bryn, MacLean, Angus, Rowe, Philip. Improved accuracy of component positioning with robotic-assisted unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Volume 98-A: Number 8. April 20, 2016. pp 627-35.
  2. Dunbar NJ, Roche MW, Park BH, Branch SH; et al. Accuracy of Dynamic Tactile-Guided Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty. May 2012. 27(5): 803-808.e1.
  3. Lonner, JH. Robotic-Arm Assisted Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty. Seminars in Arthroplasty. 2009. 20(1): 15-22.
  4. Lonner JH, John TK, Conditt MA. Robotic Arm-Assisted UKA Improved Tibial Component Alignment: A Pilot Study Clin Orthop Relat Res. July 2010. 468(1):141-6.
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