During Monday afternoon’s Board of Governors meeting, the board approved
the purchase of Makoplasty total knee instruments.
In August 2016, Perioperative Services began utilizing the Mako Robotic
total joint system. During this time, the unit purchased two sets of total
knee instrumentation and two leg positioning holders that are sterilized
between procedures. The process of preparing this equipment for each surgery
takes approximately four hours.
“Since bringing the Mako Robotic total joint procedure to Good Samaritan
in the fall of 2017, our overall total joint procedures has increased
for the organization,” said Brenda Winkler, Director of Perioperative
Services. “Purchasing additional equipment will allow the surgery
department to keep up with the growing volume and ensure our patients
do not experience unnecessary delays.”
In the middle of 2018, the unit began seeing an increase of the number
of total knees completed in one day. With the instrument sets currently
used by the department, completing three total knee procedures back-to-back
in one day is difficult. Stryker, the company that makes the Mako Robotic
total joint system and its instruments, has been loaning instrumentation
to accommodate Perioperative Services needs.
The total cost for the instruments is $37,386.85; however, because of the
sale of a piece of older equipment in the department of $10,000, the price
of the equipment and the amount approved by the board was $27,386.85.
The new instrumentation purchased will allow Perioperative Services to
complete more total knee surgeries each day, increasing hospital revenue
and improving patient care.