Lowcountry Orthopedics is a pioneer in performing same-day joint replacement surgery utilizing the most advanced robotic-arm assisted surgery technology. The first private practice in the Lowcountry to develop this program in an outpatient surgery center setting, the Mako Robotic Joint Replacement Program allows patients to have total joint replacement surgery and return home the same day. Patients benefit from eliminating the need for hospital admission and rehabilitating at home. The program that was once reserved for a few select patients is now approved to treat Medicare and most private insurers.

History of Same-Day Joint Surgery
The Robotic Joint Replacement Program at Lowcountry Orthopedics Outpatient Surgery Center merges the most advanced technology and a highly experienced, personalized care team to bring total joint replacement patients home the same day.

Lowcountry Orthopedics is South Carolina’s first outpatient surgery center to offer robotically-assisted surgery using Mako robotic technology, advanced implants, and multimodal pain management. We provide patients access to a myriad of benefits associated with same-day total joint replacement.

Benefits of Same-Day Surgery
The benefits of same-day total hip, knee, or shoulder replacement surgery include fast recovery, lower risk of infection, no risk of hospital-acquired illness, cost reduction, and increased patient satisfaction. Patients interested in same-day joint surgery should schedule an evaluation with Dr. Zimlich to review their medical profile for candidacy.

Benefits At-A-Glance

  • Less invasive
  • More precise placement of implant
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • More affordable
  • Accelerated recovery
  • More natural-feeling knee, thus less discomfort
  • Better post-surgery motion and mobility

Lowcountry Orthopedics’ Surgeons and Care Team
Lowcountry Orthopedics is a natural fit to pioneer the Mako Assisted Robotic Joint Replacement since our surgeons have significant experience using robotic equipment and a comprehensive outpatient surgery center program in place for total knee, hip, and shoulder replacement. As part of our award-winning Orthopedics program, the Robotic Joint Center offers highly personalized treatment from the dedicated, experienced Orthopedic staff.

Richard Zimlich, MD

Coordinator: Sarah Folk, NP
Surgical Assistant: Kim Kay, PA

Our personal care team helps to ensure patients are well informed and fully navigated through the outpatient surgery experience. The program coordinator is here to answer any questions acting as a liaison for our patients and strengthening the relationship with your physician and staff to provide the best possible care experience personalized to your needs.

Contact Us
If you are considering a total joint replacement and would like to discuss your surgery for either same-day or inpatient surgery, call our Lowcountry Orthopedics at 843-797-5050 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Same-Day Surgery. What is it?
Same day joint surgery allows patients to undergo surgery and receive personalized post-operative care. Patients are released to go home to recover with our outpatient physical therapy team and home care. Patients are safely home with a plan for accelerated recovery just hours following their joint replacement.

How are the process and technology different?
Robotic-arm assisted surgery technology for total joint replacement allows the orthopedic surgeon to provide patients with a customized surgical experience. The first step in the process involves obtaining a CT scan of the patient’s knee. This allows for the construction of a personalized three-dimensional (3D) virtual model that enables the surgeon to plan and place the implant more precisely. The use of the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System brings exceptional accuracy to the surgery—giving patients less pain and more natural movement right after surgery.

Does the Mako Robotics have quality outcomes?
Expertise and quality outcomes are among the many benefits of the same day Mako Robotics Joint surgery. Dr. Zimlich is an expert user of the Mako™ Robotic Knee system. As expert Mako Robotic surgeons they employ all the advantages of the software to optimize the position, alignment, and tracking of each implant.

How is the Mako Robotics Joint procedure better over time?
The Robotic procedure combined with experienced orthopedic surgeons allows for perfect sizing and achieves a more precisely placed knee replacement optimized for each patient’s unique anatomy. The long term result is a more comfortably functioning, natural feeling knee. The precision results in the comfort of the implant over time.

Does the same-day procedure result in faster recovery?
Dr. Zimlich’s Robotics joint replacement minimizes tissue disruption. The combination of robotically assisted surgery, multimodal pain management, accelerated rehabilitation, and a personal care team makes the recovery faster and the discomfort less.

Is the procedure affordable and safe?
The Lowcountry Orthopedics Outpatient Surgery Center provides more affordable access to the Mako Robotics procedure with less risk of infection than inpatient hospital surgery. Thus, the outpatient Mako Robotic Joint Replacement Program eliminates the higher hospital facility fee and provides a safe environment for the patient.

How do you recover at home without inpatient care?
Rehabilitation and at-home care are an integral part of the Lowcountry Orthopedics outpatient robotics joint program. The patient experiences seamless navigation of their at-home care with our rehabilitation and home care services.