Mako Robotics For Joint Replacement Surgery

Arthritis and joint-degeneration can cause severe discomfort that only worsens over time. When replacement of the joint is deemed as the most beneficial treatment plan, it is because other less invasive alternatives have already been explored.

MAKO specific joint replacementThe MAKO specific joint replacement procedure differs from the traditional approach because it relies on the assistance of a robotic arm. Rest assured that the procedure is performed by an orthopedic surgeon who manipulates the robotic arm during the surgery. Adults with mid to late stage osteoarthritis of the knee are often candidates for total or partial knee replacement via the MAKO approach.

Prior to the procedure, a detailed surgical plan is mapped out using a patient-specific 3D model in conjunction with the MAKO system. The area where diseased bone and cartilage exist is pre-defined which minimizes the potential damage to healthy bone and tissue.

In summary, the benefits of the MAKO specific joint replacement include:

  • Increased precision
  • Reduced risk and improved safety to surrounding tissue
  • More accurate positioning of the implant
  • More natural feeling post surgery
  • Decreased pain and recovery time
  • Eliminates need for cement
  • No need for tourniquet
  • Allows to be done as an outpatient

Keep in mind that the MAKO approach is highly tailored to the specific patient and the extent of joint damage, therefore the total recovery time could vary. Be certain to adhere to all written instructions and to schedule necessary follow-up appointments to ensure a speedy and healthy recovery.