New Jersey Top Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Rieber the First to Perform Mako Robotic Total Knee Replacement and Offer iovera Treatment for Pain Mana

New Jersey Top Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Rieber the First to Perform Mako Robotic Total Knee Replacement and Offer iovera Treatment for Pain Mana

Release Date: June 12th, 2017

Today, top New Jersey Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Rieber of Orthopaedics Unlimited ( is thrilled to share that he is leading the waybold with new state-of- the-art technologies to reduce knee pain and minimize the use of prescription pain medications with the introduction of the Mako Robotic Total Knee Replacement surgery and iovera treatment.

The first surgeon in the state of New Jersey to perform the Mako Robotic Total Knee Replacement ( out of Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the advanced robotic technology called MAKOplasty takes a great procedure and makes it better by taking the guesswork out of orthopedic surgery by using computed tomography (CT) scanning to generate a custom 3-d virtual model of each patient's unique anatomy that allows Dr. Rieber to prepare a preoperative plan.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), during the surgery, with computer assistance, Dr. Rieber guides the programmed robotic arm in resurfacing the damaged part of the knee with an advanced reproducible level of accuracy.

"Total knee replacement surgery has been performed since the 1960s and historically, most people experience a lot of pain afterward," said board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Rieber. "Now with the MAKOplasty procedure available, it allows us to determine the exact position and alignment for each patient, resulting in optimal patient outcomes. A skilled orthopedic surgeon is vital to pre-planning and performing each procedure but this incredible software and technology ensures that we are doing it for each individual precisely."

With knee replacement surgery being the most performed orthopedic procedure in the United States, the minimally invasive procedure offers many benefits compared to traditional knee replacement procedures including quicker recovery time, less pain, a shorter hospital stay, precise placement of the implant and longer-lasting results. Primary candidates for this surgery are individuals with chronic joint pain whose daily activities are limited due to pain whether from arthritis, injury or other conditions.

Combined with the Mako Total Knee Replacement surgery, Dr. Rieber is now also the first, and only, orthopedic surgeon in New Jersey offering the iovera treatment ( which is an innovative approach to blocking pain. The iovera treatment uses the body's natural response to cold to immediately relieve pain without the use of drugs or other systemic therapies. Performed prior to Mako RoboticTotal Knee surgery, the iovera treatment reduces pain in the critical weeks following surgery.

The iovera treatment is based upon the well-established science of cryotherapy. Using the power of cold, the iovera system precisely cools peripheral nerve tissue to immediately block the nerve from sending pain signals. The system is specifically designed to create a temporary, reversible nerve block through a process called Wallerian degeneration (second degree) that is followed by predictable reinnervation or re-growth.

Now more than ever, the surgery and treatment are extremely important for aiding those suffering from pain and using pain medication with the growing rate of people needing knee replacement surgeries increasing 673% from 2010 with 600,000 knee replacements performed that will reach nearly 3.5 million by 2030 (according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). Additionally, pain affects more Americans (100 million) than diabetes (25.8 million), heart disease (23.3 million) and cancer (11.9 million) combined according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine "Facts & Figures on Pain" (2014).

"With drug deaths rising faster than ever in the U.S. due to the escalating opioid addiction public health crisis, over two million Americans are estimated to be dependent on opioids with an additional 95 million Americans using prescription painkillers in the past year which is more than those who used tobacco," added Dr. Rieber. "We need these incredible state-of- the-art treatments for the 25% of population that suffers from knee pain in order to aid with alleviating individuals' pain from arthritis and other conditions and help them recover painlessly, and faster. In turn, these treatments will also reduce the numbers of people who are dependent on prescription pain medications and those affected by the opioid epidemic."

At Othopaedics Unlimited, Dr. Rieber and his staff provide the highest standard of care. For more information on either of these procedures, or to schedule an appointment, call (973) 322-7400 or visit

About Orthopaedics Unlimited:

Orthopedics Unlimited delivers outstanding care and treatment for the entire musculoskeletal system. This includes the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and nerves in our bodies, as well as arthritis symptoms. The place to go if you want to eliminate pain, restore mobility and get back to enjoying life, Director, Dr. Michael Rieber developed an institute that improves the total joint replacement patients overall experience in the hospital, from pre-operative planning and better nurse-patient ratios to a customized recovery experience. For more information, visit