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Minimally invasive procedure for osteoarthritis of the knee provides a quicker recovery and a more natural feeling knee post-surgery

(Pomona, CA – TBD, 2016) Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare announced today that it is now offering Mako partial knee replacement, a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with knee osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Mako partial knee replacement surgery is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery and is performed using a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system. Casa Colina is one of the first in the region to acquire this technology.

Mako potentially offers the following benefits as compared to total knee surgery:

  • Reduced pain
  • Minimal hospitalization
  • More rapid recovery
  • Smaller scar
  • Better motion and a more natural feeling knee

“Mako allows us to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis at earlier stages and with greater precision. Because it is less invasive and preserves more of the patient’s natural knee, the goal is for patients to have relief from their pain, gain back their knee motion, and return to their daily activities,” said Luis Corrales, M.D., board-certified orthopedic surgeon and director of the Casa Colina Joint Replacement Program.

Through its innovative use of technology, Mako takes partial knee replacement to a new level of precision.

“Precision is key in planning and performing partial knee surgeries,” explained Dr. Corrales. “For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right. Precision in surgery, and in the pre-operative planning process, is what the Mako system can deliver, for each individual patient.”

The Mako system enables the surgeon to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s own knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan. As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, auditory and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for real time adjustments and more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.

“We are proud to be among the first to use this innovative technology in the Los Angeles market,” said Felice Loverso, Ph.D., president and CEO of Casa Colina “It is part of our commitment to provide our community with the best possible healthcare available, and the implementation of the Mako system in Casa Colina Hospital’s new Medical Surgical Wing is a perfect example of this commitment.”

The opportunity for early intervention is important as osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

About Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare

Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare was founded in 1936 in Chino, Calif., under the leadership of Frances Eleanor "Mother" Smith and other community leaders and physicians to provide rehabilitative care to children with polio. In the early 1950s, when polio was at epidemic proportions, a plan was developed to build a new hospital in nearby Pomona, Calif. In 1959, the new hospital was completed, and Casa Colina expanded its physical rehabilitation services to concentrate on treating people of all ages and disabilities resulting from neurological and/or orthopedic conditions. In recent years, Casa Colina has renovated its entire 20-acre Pomona campus to build a continuum of rehabilitative care unmatched in the Western United States. Casa Colina was recognized by Modern Healthcare in 2015 as the 13th largest rehabilitation provider in the country. Services offered to the community include a state-of-the-art hospital offering acute rehabilitation and medical surgical care, outpatient services, post-acute residential rehabilitation care, children's services, adult day health care, specialized physician clinics, diagnostic imaging, ambulatory surgery center, outdoor recreation program, a medical office building, and more. The new Casa Colina Hospital Medical Surgical Wing Medical opened to the community on April 1, 2016. For more information, please visit