St. Margaret’s offering free event in Mendota discussing Mako: The Future of Joint Replacements


MENDOTA – St. Margaret’s Health is the first local hospital to offer Stryker’s robotic-arm assisted total knee application for use with its Mako System. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed. This system can also be used for partial knee and total hip replacement. Currently, the closest facilities to the Illinois Valley that have this equipment are located in Peoria, New Lenox, and other metropolitan areas.

Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 673 percent by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 30 percent 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.

“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,” said St. Margaret’s orthopedic surgeon Paul Perona, MD. “It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.”

St. Margaret’s and Dr. Perona will be hosting a free event at the Mendota Civic Center, 1901 Tom Merwin Drive, on Tuesday, Nov. 27.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Paul Perona, Board Certified and Fellowship Trained, will speak at 6 p.m. to introduce the Mako system and discuss the way its technology transforms how joint replacements are performed. Gary Kistenfeger, PT, will also talk about the pre- and post-operative rehab exercise programs that can be expected.

To register online, please visit www.aboutsmh.org/events/MeetMako or by calling (815) 664-1486.

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