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Published on March 19, 2015

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Performs First MAKOplasty Hip Replacement in the Region

Minimally-Invasive Procedure Provides Faster Recovery for Rockville Woman

MAKOplasty Joint Replacement RobotsRockville, Md.Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center has successfully performed the region’s first anterior hip replacement using the MAKOplasty® system. This minimally-invasive treatment option, offered at Shady Grove Medical Center’s state-of-the-art Joint Center, allowed Amy Kriewaldt Hudson of Rockville to return home eight hours after her February 26 surgery.

Now three weeks after her hip replacement, Hudson is already back at the gym. “I’m amazed at how well my surgery went,” says Hudson, age36. “The night of my operation, I was able to walk by myself to the restroom.”

Shady Grove Medical Center holds The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for joint replacement of hips and knees.  The MAKOplasty system, for partial knee and total hip replacements, is the newest addition to its award-winning program. MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional joint replacement surgery and is performed using a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that is designed to enhance stability and increase range of motion.  Shady Grove Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the region to acquire this orthopedic robot.

“Obtaining this technology is a natural progression of our long-standing commitment of providing high quality care to joint replacement patients,” explains Dr. Kevin Smothers, chief medical officer at Shady Grove Medical Center. “Our goal is for patients to more quickly experience relief from their pain, gain back their range of motion and return to their daily activities.”

The comprehensive Joint Center at Shady Grove Medical Center provides a continuum of quality care that includes a free class before surgery to help patients and families understand what to expect during and after the procedure. After surgery, patients recover in private rooms on a dedicated orthopedic unit staffed by an orthopedic-certified nurse clinical coordinator and orthopedically-trained nurses and therapists who assist patients with individualized pain management and same-day physical and occupational therapy. Board-certified orthopedic surgeons perform more than 700 joint replacements a year in Shady Grove Medical Center’s state-of-the-art surgical suites.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 305-bed acute care facility in Rockville, Md., is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of healthcare services. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is nationally recognized in cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, as well as orthopedics and joint replacement. The facility is the first in the state and one of only a few hundred in the country to hold an international designation for breastfeeding and maternity care. Our mission is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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