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Dr. Sastry Debuts Robotic-Assisted Total Knee Replacement at York Hospital

York Hospital Expands Offering of this Innovative Technology to Become 1 of 20 Hospitals in the World Offering Personalized Knee Replacement Procedures to Our Patients.

York, ME. (January 18, 2017) – Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Akhil Sastry performed the first the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted total knee replacement surgery in Maine and the entire Seacoast area. The Mako system is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm technology that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants.

The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System was acquired by York Hospital in early 2016 when Dr. Sastry began performing partial knee replacement surgeries. York Hospital has expanded its knee replacement capabilities and is proud to add full knee replacement procedures to its robotic assisted surgery offerings. Dr. Sastry was the first to perform both procedures in the entire state of Maine and the Seacoast area. He and York Hospital are one of only twenty providers in the world to offer this innovative knee replacement procedure. The planning is a major component; the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System will create a patient-specific 3-D model to pre-plan the knee replacement. During surgery, the surgeon guides the Mako robotic-arm based on the patient-specific plan. This allows for the removal of only the diseased bone, preserving healthy bone and soft tissue, and assists in positioning the implant based on the patient’s anatomy.

“Our patients get customized procedures, tailored specifically to them. There is no substitute for the robotic assisted knee replacements that we are offering. This system personalizes the approach and execution of the surgery catering specifically to the individual patient’s needs.” said Dr. Sastry, premier Robotic Assisted Orthopaedic Surgeon of Atlantic Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. “This level of precision allows for quicker recovery and the likelihood of fewer issues for the patient once fully rehabilitated.”

About Dr. Akhil Sastry: Dr. Sastry is renowned on the national and international level for his pioneering efforts in robotic assisted joint replacement surgery and surgical technique. He is certified in both Partial and Total Robotic Assisted Knee Replacements and has been selected to be 1 of 15 surgeons in the world to teach this technology to other orthopaedic surgeons worldwide. Dr. Sastry will be participating in multiple educational programs throughout the country teaching the full knee replacement on the robotic platform.

About York Hospital: York Hospital is now 1 of 20 hospitals in the world performing Robotic Assisted Total Knee replacement surgery. York Hospital’s surgery center mixes advanced technology with personalized care in a comfortable, and caring environment. The center is equipped with five surgical suites staffed by a dedicated and highly trained team of specialists that care for patients preoperatively, during surgery and in recovery. For more information, please visit:


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