Improving Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery with Robotic Technology

If you need a knee or hip replacement, you don’t just choose any surgeon. You choose a joint replacement surgeon who has extensive training and experience, and a solid reputation in the community.

But what if you could take this perfect orthopedic surgeon and make them better?

In many ways, that’s exactly what surgeon-controlled robotic-arm technology does. When you combine the expertise of your surgeon with revolutionary medical technology, the result is the best possible outcome for your knee or hip replacement surgery.

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Total and Partial Knee Replacement with Robotic-Assisted Technology

Total knee replacement (TKR) and partial knee replacement (PKR) surgeries relieve the pain of degenerative osteoarthritis and restore mobility.

The knee joint consists of two compartments and, if the bone remains healthy in one portion, your joint replacement surgeon can preserve that compartment with the Mako® robotic-assisted PKR procedure.

Although Mako® technology was originally approved by the FDA only for the TKR procedure, both approaches are now available to joint replacement patients.

Robotic-Assisted Total Hip Replacement

The Mako® technology provides a transformative experience for total hip replacement (THR) patients.

This cutting-edge technology allows your joint replacement surgeon to preserve as much healthy bone tissue as possible. The more healthy bone that the surgeon can preserve, the better the chance of a successful hip replacement surgery.

The other significant benefit of the Mako® procedure for THR is the level of precision it affords your surgeon, for positioning and aligning the joint prosthesis. The more accurately the implant is placed, the less chance the patient has of implant failure.

And, because the robotic arm allows your surgeon to tailor your implant placement to your anatomy and joint motion, you will enjoy the maximum increase in comfortable mobility.

Safe, Proven Technology for Improving Joint Replacement Outcomes

Despite the fact that it is a form of major surgery, joint replacement procedures pose a relatively low level of risk anyway, Mako® technology reduces those risks even further.

Surgeon-controlled robotic-arm technology reduces the risk of complications and – most important – this technique reduces the risk of short-term implant failure. Most revision surgeries (when a new implant is required) occur in the first year after the initial joint replacement surgery.

The frequency of revision overall is significantly reduced with the Mako® technology is used, but the frequency of short-term revision is reduced even further.

Prior to surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will refer you for a CT scan. The data from this imaging test is uploaded to the Mako® software, where the surgeon uses the information to create a 3D model of your hip or knee joint. This allows the surgeon to select the correct size and shape implant and to create a plan for replacement.

During your joint replacement procedure, the surgeon uses the plan as a guideline for preparing the joint and placing the implant. The robotic arm holds the prosthesis and, as the surgeon guides it into place, the Mako® system makes microscopic adjustments to ensure correct alignment.

If you would like to learn more about this exciting technology, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to sharing more information about the Mako® system and helping you determine if this technology can improve your knee or hip replacement surgery outcome.