CarePoint Health Expands Musculoskeletal Services by Offering Hip and Knee Procedures Performed with Highly-Advanced Robotic Arm

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MAKOplasty® Enables a New Level of Accuracy and Reproducibility; Richard A. Boiardo, MD, Joint Replacement Pioneer, to Lead Initiative

CarePoint Health - Hoboken University Medical Center, Christ Hospital, Bayonne Medical Center

The robot provides orthopedic surgeons the means to more closely achieve a stable and long-lasting joint with a painless range of motion.

CarePoint Health is proud to announce that it is one of the first health care systems in the region to offer MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing and MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement procedures, performed using the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System at Hoboken University Medical Center. RIO is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants. The addition of this technology is part of an expansion of CarePoint’s musculoskeletal services under the clinical leadership of Dr. Boiardo, a recognized clinical leader in joint replacement and the use of this advanced technology. CarePoint Health is pleased to have Dr. Boiardo as the Medical Director of our expanding Musculoskeletal Center and the Chief of Orthopaedics at Hoboken University Medical Center. The acquisition of the RIO system represents a breakthrough for health care in New Jersey and is indicative of CarePoint Health’s ongoing commitment to innovation and investment in state-of-the-art technology. Patients in Hudson County now have access to one of the most advanced robotic surgery programs in the state.

The MAKOplasty initiative is led by Richard A. Boiardo, MD, a joint replacement pioneer and leader in the field. Dr. Boiardo has brought innovative surgical techniques to Northern New Jersey that represent a new era of joint replacement technology. “The advantages of the robotic-assisted platform represent what’s possible in the next frontier — the next level of consciousness, so to speak — of joint replacements,” Dr. Boiardo says. “The robot provides orthopedic surgeons the means to more closely achieve a stable and long-lasting joint with a painless range of motion.” Dr. Boiardo emphasizes that CarePoint Health has created an environment where technology is cutting edge and patient care is valued. “CarePoint Health is an organization that is forward thinking and driven by high quality patient care. Surgical excellence is achieved by using the most advanced tools, coupled with traditional values of compassion and respect for patients.”

RIO enables surgeons to personalize partial knee and total hip arthroplasties to achieve optimal results at a level of accuracy and reproducibility previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation. The RIO System features a patient-specific visualization system and proprietary tactile robotic arm technology that is integrated with intelligent surgical instruments. It assists surgeons in pre-planning and in treating each patient uniquely and with consistently reproducible procedure.

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery. A pre-surgical plan is created based on a CT scan of the patient’s own knee, and the surgeon uses the robotic arm during surgery to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, sparing healthy bone and surrounding tissue for a more natural feeling knee. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

During MAKOplasty Total Hip Replacement surgery, RIO provides visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation and implant positioning to match the pre-surgical plan. After first preparing the femur or thighbone, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to accurately ream and shape the acetabulum socket in the hip, and then implant the cup at the correct depth and orientation. The surgeon then implants the femoral implant. MAKOplasty offers the confidence of more accurate cup placement and accurate leg length restoration.

For more information about this groundbreaking program contact:
Allyson Miller
CarePoint Health
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
Phone: 201-858-5297
Fax: 973-646-5563
Email: AMiller(at)bayonnemedicalcenter(dot)org

About CarePoint Health
CarePoint Health brings quality, patient-focused health care to Hudson County. Combining the resources of three area hospitals - Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center - CarePoint Health provides a new approach to deliver health care that puts the patient front and center. We leverage a network of top doctors, nurses and other medical professionals whose expertise and attentiveness work together to provide complete coordination of care, from the doctor’s office to the hospital to the home. Patients benefit from the expertise and capabilities of a broad network of leading specialists and specialized technology. And at CarePoint Health, all of our medical professionals emphasize preventive medicine and focus on educating patients to make healthy life choices. For more information on our facilities, partners and services, visit our website,

About Dr. Boiardo
Richard A. Boiardo, MD, FAAOC is the president of Cross County Orthopedics; specializing in Orthopedic Surgery and is Board Certified by the Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He attended New York Medical College and completed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. His quest for the best joint replacement procedures began while serving a fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic at the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Lawrence Dorr, MD. Dr. Boiardo is a charter member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Boiardo performed the first robotic-arm assisted orthopedic surgery in New Jersey. He introduced and pioneered the use of robotic assisted platforms to perform MAKOplasty- a minimally invasive, ligament-sparing modality for unicompartmental and bicompartmental knee replacements, as well as hip replacements. Dr. Boiardo is the Chief of Orthopedics at CarePoint Health Hoboken University Medical Center and Director of the CarePoint Health Musculoskeletal Center effective July 7, 2014.

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