Mako: Latest Technology

When joint pain is severe, your doctor will often suggest joint replacement surgery. At Nanticoke, we are performing the latest in joint replacement surgery. Using the Stryker’s Mako robotic arm assisted robotic technology, our orthopedic surgeons are changing the way joint replacement is performed for our patients. Nanticoke is proud to be the FIRST and ONLY hospital on Delmarva to provide this technology.

“Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed by providing each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” says Dr. William Doran, Orthopedic Surgeon at Nanticoke. “Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows me to create each patient’s surgical plan  before ever entering the operating room, giving the best possible outcome for the patient.”

Using a mapping software, a 3D virtual map is produced prior to surgery using a CT scan. Once in the operating room , the surgeon validates the personalized plan and makes any necessary adjustments. Using the robotic arm, the surgeon is able to remove diseased bone very precisely, better than previously available technology. This personalized mapping and robotic assistance technology allows for the very best individualized implant for the patient. This personalized fit reduces post-surgical  and pain and allows for a quicker recovery.

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When symptoms of knee pain become severe, knee replacement surgery may be recommended by your physician. During knee replacement surgery cartilage is replaced with an artificial surface. This artificial substitute for the cartilage is inserted on the ends of the bones. Results have shown 95 to 98% of patients having knee replacement surgery have good to excellent outcomes, meaning relief of pain and significant increase to activity and mobility due to reduced pain.


The Orthopedic Program at Nanticoke offers a comprehensive preoperative patient education class that helps you prepare for your surgery. This free class allows us to provide you with important information about preparing for surgery and the entire surgery process. You will get to meet someone from our surgical team, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and a case manager that will help answer any questions you may have.


Arthroscopy:  The use of special cameras and equipment to see, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint.

Fusion: When bones are fused together with bone grafts and internal devices such as rods to heal into a single solid bone.

Osteotomy: Correction of a bone deformity by re-positioning the bone.

Joint Replacement: Removal of an arthritic or damaged joint, replacing it with an artificial joint or prosthesis.

Soft-Tissue Repair: Repairing or mending soft tissue such as a torn ligament or tendon.


While at Nanticoke, joint and hip replacement patients can expect surroundings that support both their comfort as well as the comfort of their family or recovery coach. Newly renovated rooms include features that provide a home-like environment including changes to the room layout to accommodate less mobile patients, warm colors in the room, comfortable accommodations for your coach, access to online resources including movies and the internet, online meal ordering, and much more. Patients also have access to alternate pain management methods such as soothing videos to help a patients relax prior to surgery or any other time a calming environment is needed.

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William Doran, DO
William Doran, DO
David Eakin, DO
David Eakin, DO
Pasquale Petrera, MD
Pasquale Petrera, MD