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Health First Completes 1st Direct Anterior Hip Replacement with Robotic Arm in Central Florida

MAKOplasty® Technology Enables a New Level of Precision in Total Hip Replacement

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (March 16, 2015) - Health First orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Perry recently completed the first robot-assisted, direct anterior hip replacement in Central Florida. The minimally invasive procedure took a little over an hour to complete at Health First's Holmes Regional Medical Center, and the patient was up walking the next morning.

"We're excited to be able to offer this innovative procedure for our patients here in Brevard County and to help them get back on their feet and resume their daily activities even faster," said Randy Currin, Health First Vice President of Surgical Service Lines.

Dr. Perry utilized the MAKOplasty® Hip and RIO® system, a highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm that enables the accurate alignment and positioning of implants. The robotic procedure also can be used for posterior hip and partial knee resurfacing.

"Getting implants positioned correctly helps improve surgical outcomes and extend the life span of the implants," said Dr. Perry, who is board-certified in orthopedic surgery with an emphasis in traumatic injuries and joint replacements. "This technology, in conjunction with our dedicated and specially trained team, enables us to more accurately achieve the right fit based on a patient's unique anatomy."

Direct anterior hip replacement in combination with robotic technology allows for:

  • Smaller incisions and no cutting of muscle
  • Faster recovery times
  • Extremely low dislocation rate compared to traditional methods

How It Works: The RIO system provides a patient-specific 3-D image of the patient's hip based on a pre-operative CT scan. Using the 3-D model, the surgeon can then plan the optimal size and position of hip implant components. An implant consists of a cup and liner placed in the acetabulum, or socket of the pelvis, and a femoral component with a femoral head and stem. The position of these components is critical for proper biomechanical reconstruction of the hip.

In addition to Dr. Perry, Dr. Robert Brennan and Dr. Daniel King are credentialed in MAKOplasty for total hip replacement and partial knee resurfacing and have privileges at Health First's Holmes Regional. Health First orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kenneth Sands along with Dr. Raymond DeLorenzi and Dr. Robert Love are credentialed in MAKOplasty for partial knee resurfacing.

**Interview Opportunities: Members of the media wishing to interview Dr. Perry or the patient can contact Health First Media Relations at 321-412-8810.**

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida's only fully integrated delivery network (IDN) and employs more than 7,800 associates. The integrator of its IDN is Health First Health Plans offering a wide variety of health insurance options across Central Florida. In addition, it operates four hospitals (Health First's Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First's Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First's Palm Bay Hospital and Health First's Viera Hospital) and is home to Brevard County's only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First also offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including Health First Aging Services, four Health First Pro-Health & Fitness Centers and Home and Hospice care. Visit for more information.