Physician’s at BMH Celebrate More Than 1,000 Orthopedic Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgeries

BLACKFOOT, ID – NOVEMBER 4, 2020 – In 2017, Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH), a member of Bingham Healthcare, was the first hospital in Idaho to perform a total knee replacement with the Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery system. Today, Bingham can proudly announce that their orthopedic surgeons are the first in Eastern Idaho to have performed more than 1,000 Mako procedures.

“Achieving more than 1,000 surgeries using the Mako is quite the milestone for Bingham Orthopedics, and I couldn’t be more proud of our orthopedic team,” says Jake Erickson, CEO of Bingham Healthcare. “It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology to perform knee and hip replacements to the patients of Eastern Idaho and the Intermountain West. We are committed to ensuring our patients have access to the highest quality and compassionate care and services in order to improve their clinical outcomes and overall experience in our hospital.”

Bingham has four extremely talented orthopedic surgeons who are trained on the Mako system: David Peterson, DONathan Richardson, MDNicholas Pearson, DO; and, Benjamin Allen, MD. (For additional about each of these providers, please see the “about” section at the end of this press release.)

“Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery has dramatically changed the way joint replacement procedures are performed,” says Dr. David J. Peterson, orthopedic knee and hip replacement surgeon at Bingham, and the first surgeon in Idaho to perform a robotic-assisted total knee replacement using the Mako. “Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako system allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively, before the patient even enters the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute the procedure as planned.”

As a result of these innovative technological advances, the Mako system increases surgical precision, decreases hospitalization, and speeds up recovery times. The Mako system also improves surgical outcomes and quality of life while saving patients both time and money. Further, because of the Mako technology, Bingham’s surgeons can perform same-day knee and hip replacement surgeries, in many cases.

A Mako partial knee replacement and total knee replacement are designed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration and can offer:

  • Improved surgical outcomes resulting in a more natural feeling knee following surgery.
  • Less implant wear and loosening.
  • Reduced blood loss, shorter hospitalization, and a more rapid recovery

A Mako total hip replacement can offer the following benefits over traditional hip replacement:

  • More accurate placement of the hip implant, which reduces the likelihood of hip dislocation.
  • More consistency in leg length, potentially decreasing the need for a shoe lift.
  • Decreased risk of the implant abnormally rubbing together, improving the lifetime of the implant.


David J. Peterson, DO

Dr. Peterson, orthopedic knee and hip replacement specialist, was the first surgeon in Idaho to perform a robotic-assisted total knee replacement. Since that time, he has performed over 1,000 knee and hip replacements using robotic technology, more than any other surgeon in the Intermountain West. In addition to Idaho, his patients have come from Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada, and from even as far away as the East Coast.

As a leading orthopedic surgeon in Eastern Idaho, Dr. Peterson specializes in arthritis and minimally invasive joint replacement for the knee and hip, including partial knee resurfacing. He is board certified in orthopedics and fellowship trained in knee and hip replacement.

He sees patients in Pocatello, Blackfoot, and Idaho Falls. If you have questions about your knee or hip health, or are ready to find relief from constant knee or hip arthritis pain, call (208) 782-2999 to schedule an appointment.

Nathan Richardson, MD

Dr. Richardson has highly advanced training for shoulder and elbow surgeries and is constantly researching new treatment approaches, materials, and techniques, all for better patient outcomes. As a leading orthopedic shoulder surgeon in Eastern Idaho who is a Mako-certified provider, his reputation as an excellent and extremely experienced shoulder surgeon makes him one of the most sought after doctors in the region.

For more information about how Dr. Richardson can help you with your shoulder or elbow pain, call (208) 239-8000. He sees patients in Pocatello and Soda Springs.

Nicholas B. Pearson, DO

As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Pearson specializes in arthritis and minimally invasive joint replacement for the elbow, knee, and hip, and is a Mako-certified provider. He is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in sports medicine.

He sees patients in Blackfoot and Idaho Falls. To schedule an appointment, please call (208) 524-9400.

Benjamin J. Allen, MD

As an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Allen treats sports-related injuries and is Mako-Certified for joint replacement for the knee. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with advanced fellowship training in sports medicine, and he covers the Idaho State University Athletics where he serves as the Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Allen, please call (208) 239-8000. He sees patients in Pocatello, Blackfoot, and American Falls.

Our content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

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