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Frederick F. Buechel Jr., M.D.

Hip Knee Robotic-arm assisted total knee Robotic-arm assisted hip Robotic-arm assisted partial knee Partial knee replacement
Robotic Joint Center
737 Park Avenue (at 71st Street) Suite 1C, New York, New York 10021

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Midtown Surgery Center


  • Rutgers Medical School


  • Drexel University


  • Joint Reconstruction: University of Pennsylvania


  • English

About Dr. Buechel

Dr. Frederick F. Buechel, Jr. MD is an internationally renowned expert Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee replacement surgeon and a pioneer in Outpatient Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee Replacement.

He is one of the most experienced international robotic partial knee surgeon in the world and he has performed over 1000 robotic knee procedures in the USA, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Dr. Buechel uses the MAKO Robotic System combined with his minimally invasive techniques to help people with painful knee arthritis get back to their active lifestyles rapidly, and with less discomfort than traditional partial and total knee replacement. Dr. Buechel is an expert in choosing the right patients for this technology, the pre-operative and intra-operative computer planning, and the technical execution of the procedure from start to finish using the system to achieve the most precise joint reconstruction for each individual’s knee.

Dr. Buechel has a vast experience successfully operating on patients from all over the world with the MAKO robotic system as the primary surgeon and he is a surgeon proctor for new surgeons. His experience allows him to perform this revolutionary procedure on simple cases and highly advanced difficult cases with superior precision and great patient satisfaction.

Dr. Buechel was the first orthopaedic surgeon to provide advanced MAKO robotic surgery training courses for surgeons in the United States and he has provided surgical support and launch services to robotic orthopaedic programs in many countries including the USA, Australia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Dr. Buechel lectures on Mako Robotic Partial Knee & Total Knee replacement and Total Hip around the world including India, China, Taiwan, Japan, Australia and the USA.

Active young patients that are living with arthritic pain from a prior knee injury or failed meniscus surgery, and middle-aged and older patients struggling with the effects of time and wear on their knee joint surfaces can benefit from Dr. Buechel's international experience with this robotic technology.

Dr. Buechel is American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certified and is Fellowship trained in Adult Joint Reconstruction from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the past Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Orthopaedics at Physicians Regional Healthcare System, and past Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the NCH Healthcare System, both in Naples, Florida USA where he practiced for the last 14 years.

Dr. Buechel's Robotic Joint Center has partnered with Prestige Orthopaedics in New York, and Taipei Postal Hospital in Taiwan, to provide Minimally Invasive outpatient Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee Arthroplasty, Total Knee Replacement, and Total Hip Replacement for patients around the world with Knee & Hip arthritis pain.

Dr. Buechel welcomes patients from all over the world for consultations regarding their knee arthritis, and he can provide robotic surgical services for patients able to travel to New York City and Taiwan. Kindly contact Dr. Buechel through our website for further information regarding consultations and scheduling. www.RoboticJointCenter.com

Potential patients can send their information for Dr. Buechel to review for an initial phone consultation. If the history and imaging reviewed supports the diagnosis for the procedure, Dr. Buechel will discuss this with the patient and an office exam is scheduled to confirm the diagnosis with the surgery to follow, generally the next day. Patients and their families are encouraged to stay in the area for outpatient therapy and evaluation prior to returning home.


Hip joint replacement is intended for use in individuals with joint disease resulting from degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, fracture of the neck of the femur or functional deformity of the hip.

Knee joint replacement is intended for use in individuals with joint disease resulting from degenerative, rheumatoid and post-traumatic arthritis, and for moderate deformity of the knee. Joint replacement surgery is not appropriate for patients with certain types of infections, any mental or neuromuscular disorder which would create an unacceptable risk of prosthesis instability, prosthesis fixation failure or complications in postoperative care, compromised bone stock, skeletal immaturity, severe instability of the joint, or excessive body weight.

Like any surgery, joint replacement surgery has serious risks which include, but are not limited to, pain, bone fracture, change in the treated leg length (hip), joint stiffness, hip joint fusion, amputation, peripheral neuropathies (nerve damage), circulatory compromise (including deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs)), genitourinary disorders (including kidney failure), gastrointestinal disorders (including paralytic ileus (loss of intestinal digestive movement)), vascular disorders (including thrombus (blood clots), blood loss, or changes in blood pressure or heart rhythm), bronchopulmonary disorders (including emboli, stroke or pneumonia), heart attack, and death.

Implant related risks which may lead to a revision of the implant include dislocation, loosening, fracture, nerve damage, heterotopic bone formation (abnormal bone growth in tissue), wear of the implant, metal sensitivity, soft tissue imbalance, osteolysis (localized progressive bone loss), audible sounds during motion, and reaction to particle debris.

The information presented is for educational purposes only. Speak to your doctor to decide if joint replacement surgery is appropriate for you. Individual results vary and not all patients will return to the same activity level. The lifetime of any joint replacement is limited and depends on several factors like patient weight and activity level. Your doctor will counsel you about strategies to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device, including avoiding high-impact activities, such as running, as well as maintaining a healthy weight. It is important to closely follow your physician’s instructions regarding post-surgery activity, treatment and follow-up care.

Ask your doctor if a joint replacement is right for you.

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Fred Funk is a paid spokesperson of Stryker, and his statements represent his personal views based on his personal experiences.



Indications: The Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR Ankle) is indicated for use as a non-cemented implant to replace a painful arthritic ankle joint due to osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Contra-Indications: Active or prior deep infection in the ankle joint or adjacent bones, Skeletal immaturity, Bone stock inadequate to support the device including: Severe osteoporotic or osteopenia condition or other conditions resulting in poor bone quality , Avascular necrosis of the talus, Prior surgery and / or injury that has adversely affected ankle bone quality, Malalignment or severe deformity of involved or adjacent anatomic structures including: Hindfoot or forefoot malalignment precluding plantigrade foot, Significant malalignment of the knee joint. Insufficient ligament support that cannot be repaired with soft tissue stabilization, Neuromuscular disease resulting in lack of normal muscle function about the affected ankle, Lower extremity vascular insufficiency demonstrated by Doppler arterial pressure, Charcot joint or peripheral neuropathy that may lead to Charcot joint of the affected ankle, Prior arthrodesis at the ankle joint , Poor skin and soft tissue quality about the surgical site.

Common Side Effects from Total Ankle Replacement Surgery: For the first two weeks after surgery it is normal to have a moderate amount of pain. You may need to use pain medicine(s). This pain may slowly decrease over time, but it is not unusual to experience some discomfort for up to three months and swelling may continue for up to a year after surgery. Contact your surgeon right away if at any time you notice: Fluid leaking from your wound, Redness around your wound, Pain or swelling that starts suddenly (especially after an ankle twist or fall) or Severe pain after the initial two weeks following your surgery.

The T2 Ankle Arthrodesis Nail is intended for tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis (fusion) and to provide stabilization of the hindfoot and ankle including the transverse tarsal joints coupling the mid-foot to the hindfoot. Examples of specific indications include: Post-traumatic or primary arthrosis, previously infected arthrosis (second degree), revision of Failed Ankle arthrodesis, failed Total Ankle Replacement, avascular Necrosis of the Talus (requiring tibiocalcaneal arthrodesis), Neuroarthropathy or Neuromuscular Deformity or other neuromuscular disease with severe deformity or instability of the ankle, rheumatoid arthritis with severe deformity such as rheumatoid hindfoot, osteoarthritis, nonunions or pseudarthrosis of hindfoot and distal tibia, malunited tibial pilon fracture, charcot foot, severe endstage degenerative arthritis, severe defects after tumor resection pantalar arthrodesis.

Contraindications: The physician’s education, training and professional judgement must be relied upon to choose the most appropriate device and treatment. Conditions presenting an increased risk of failure include: any active or suspected latent infection or marked local inflammation in or about the affected area. Compromised vascularity that would inhibit adequate blood supply to the fracture or the operative site. Bone stock compromised by disease, infection or prior implantation that can not provide adequate support and/or fixation of the devices. Material sensitivity, documented or suspected. Obesity. An overweight or obese patient can produce loads on the implant that can lead to failure of the fixation of the device or to failure of the device itself. Patients having inadequate tissue coverage over the operative site. Implant utilization that would interfere with anatomical structures or physiological performance. Any mental or neuromuscular disorder which would create an unacceptable risk of fixation failure or complications in postoperative care. Other medical or surgical conditions which would preclude the potential benefit of surgery. The T2 Ankle Arthrodesis Nail should NOT be used if following conditions are present: tibial malalignment of > 10˚ in any plane, severe vascular deficiency, osteomyelitis or soft tissue infection.

The information presented is for educational purposes only. Stryker is not dispensing medical advice. Please speak to your doctor to decide if joint replacement surgery is right for you. Only your doctor can make the medical judgment which products and treatments are right for your own individual condition. As with any surgery, joint replacement carries certain risks. Your surgeon will explain all the possible complications of the surgery, as well as side effects. Additionally, the lifetime of a joint replacement is not infinite and varies with each individual. Also, each patient will experience a different postoperative activity level, depending on their own individual clinical factors. Your doctor will help counsel you about how to best maintain your activities in order to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device. Such strategies include not engaging in high-impact activities, such as running, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.

CP-AWI-1, 12-2015

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