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Danbury Hospital First in State to Offer MAKOplasty®

Friday, August 22, 2014 - Danbury, CT

Robotic Total Joint Replacement Surgery at Danbury Hospital

Latest Technology and Expertise in Robotic Joint Replacement Surgeries

Danbury Hospital has announced that it is the first hospital in the state to offer MAKOplasty, the latest innovative technology in robotic joint replacement surgery. MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing and MAKOplasty Total Hip Replacement are new, minimally invasive surgical treatment options for patients suffering from early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.

MAKOplasty is performed using RIO a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system where the surgeon sees a virtual visualization of the patient's knee/hip based on the patient's CT scan. This clearly helps the surgeon determine and position the implants just right which is critical to achieve the best outcome. MAKOplasty also preserves healthy bone, surrounding tissue and ligaments thus delivering better results and minimizing recovery time.

"When conservative measures are no longer effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis, these state-of-the-art treatments are an alternative to traditional hip and knee replacement surgeries,"said Dr. Keith Zuccala, Chair, Department of Surgery, Western Connecticut Health Network, Carmen L. & Peter Buck Chair of Surgery, and Harold & Myra Spratt Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery. "MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement surgeries are now performed by Danbury Hospital specialty trained, MAKOplasty - certified orthopedic surgeons."

Danbury Hospital will sponsor a free education program presented by the Department of Surgery, Section of Orthopedics on Robotic Total Joint Replacement:

When: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Danbury Hospital Robilotti Conference Center 24 Hospital Avenue Danbury, Connecticut 06810

Why: If you or someone you know is coping with osteoarthritis pain, come and meet the robot, MAKOplasty - certified orthopedic surgeons and learn how these surgeries can improve your quality of life.

For more information about the free education program on Robotic Total Joint Replacement, please call (203) 739-7078.

Patient Safety and Quality in Care

The American College of Surgeons National Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) is a strictly-voluntary quality program which allows hospitals to follow and thus improve surgical outcomes. NSQIP is the nation's only nationally benchmarked, clinical, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based measurement and improvement program. Danbury Hospital was one of the first 26 private hospitals in the world to enroll in NSQIP and is part of the Connecticut state collaborative. Norwalk Hospital has more recently become a NSQIP facility and is now also part of the state collaborative. Dr. Keith Zuccala, Chairman of Surgery at Danbury Hospital shared, "Through NSQIP and the Connecticut collaborative, we are now working with hospitals throughout the state to improve patient care everywhere, not just in our own institutions. Focused on three important issues; Mortality, Morbidity and Surgical Site Infections viewed through NSQIP, you can clearly see that Danbury and Norwalk hospitals are performing on par with our peers at the highest level of surgical outcomes/expectations." The NSQIP quality improvement program was named "Best in the Nation" by the Institute of Medicine. Typically, top ranked hospitals in the US News and World Report use NSQIP to improve surgical quality.

Danbury Hospital's Center for Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts specializing in orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, and neurosurgery. The Center's physicians are all fellowship-trained, and share their expertise to arrive at the best course of treatment for individual patients.

To learn more about the exceptional care you can expect to receive from the Center for Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care, which has been accredited by The Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification in Hip Arthoplasty, Knee Arthoplasy and Spine Surgery for meeting high standards in quality patient care, please call 1-800-516-4743.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. With this recent affiliation, the organization is now anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes numerous medical practices and sub-specialties across the region, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and other affiliates. For more information, visit Share your comments with us at; and/or

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