Brookings Health Second in State to Offer Robotic-Arm Assisted Orthopedic Surgery

30 May 2018

Brookings Health Second in State to Offer Robotic-Arm Assisted Orthopedic Surgery

By: Julia Yoder, Marketing and Public Relations Director, Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System is expanding its surgical robotic program, becoming the second facility in South Dakota to offer robotic-arm assisted total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements with Stryker’s Mako System. This highly advanced robotic technology transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed, enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy. 

Dr. Mark Mayer, who will join Dr. Patrick Moriarty at Avera Medical Group Specialty Care Clinic and Brookings Hospital, will provide general orthopedic services and offer the advanced robotic-assisted surgical options to patients. Mayer, who is relocating to Brookings from Michigan, has already performed several Mako robotic procedures.

“With Mako, we can provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said Operating Room Director Candace Johnson. “Using a virtual 3D model, Mako allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, we can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.”

The demand for joint replacements is expected to rise in the next decade. Total knee replacements in the United States are estimated to increase by 673 percent by 2030, while primary total hip replacements are estimated to increase by 174 percent.

For more information about the Mako robotic-assisted surgical system and orthopedic services at Brookings Health System, please visit