Published on July 14, 2016

Altru Advanced Orthopedics  Now Offering Hip and Knee Procedures Performed With Robotic Arm Technology

Grand Forks, ND – Altru Advanced Orthopedics is the first in the state of North Dakota to offer Mako™ Partial Knee Replacement and Mako Total Hip Replacement procedures, performed using the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System marketed by Stryker. The Mako system is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants. 

“Accuracy is key in planning and performing partial knee and total hip procedures,” said Dr. Jeremy Gardner, orthopedic surgeon with Altru Advanced Orthopedics. “For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right. The Mako system enables surgeons to personalize the procedure to achieve optimal results at a level of accuracy and reproducibility previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation.” 

The Mako 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. 

Mako Partial Knee Replacement 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. 

During Mako Total Hip Replacement surgery, the Mako system provides visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation and implant positioning to match the pre-surgical plan. The Mako procedure offers the confidence of more accurate cup placement and accurate leg length restoration. 

“We are proud to be the first to use this innovative technology in North Dakota,” said Jill Wilson, Administrative Director of Altru Advanced Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Regional Operations at Altru. “It is part of our commitment to provide world-class healthcare.” 

Find out if you are a candidate for a replacement with the Mako Robotic Arm. Call 701.732.7700 or visit

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $524 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.