When you undergo joint replacement surgery, you face the typical surgical risks as well as those risks that are specific to the total hip replacement, partial knee replacement or total knee replacement procedure.
Today, we have the benefit of advanced surgical technology to help reduce those risks and improve patient outcomes.
The Mako® robotic-arm assisted joint replacement system leverages state-of-the-art electronic technology to help your surgeon prepare for and perform these complex procedures.
How Does Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement Work?
When you and your orthopedic surgeon decide to proceed with a Mako® joint replacement procedure, you will be sent for a CT (computed tomography) scan.
The surgeon will upload the CT scan data to the Mako® software to create a dynamic 3D model of the joint. This allows the surgeon to analyze the bones and soft tissues and develop a detailed surgical plan.
On the day of your procedure, the surgeon will first prepare the area by carefully removing the diseased bone and preserving healthy tissue. The surgeon then guides the Mako® robotic arm to position the prosthetic implant. Guided by the surgical plan, the robotic arm provides precise positioning and stability to help guide the implant into place.
Why Is Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement Better?
Although the risk is minimal, hip and knee replacements can fail for several reasons, including dislocation, infection, loosening and mechanical problems with the implant itself.
When performed in the traditional way – without robotic assistance – hip and knee implants are most prone to loosening. In other words, the implant detaches from the bone.
When performed using robotic-assisted technology, the failure rate declines significantly, as does the need for revision surgery. This significant improvement in patient outcomes is attributed to the precision with which the Mako® technology positions the implant. T
This approach to joint replacement also allows the surgeon to preserve as much of your healthy bone tissue as possible, an important factor if revision is ever necessary.
Finally, thanks to the CT-derived surgical simulation, your surgeon can position your implant in a way that most closely mimics your natural movement patterns. This helps improve the rehab process and minimizes orthopedic stress on your body. You will also have a more natural gait than you might otherwise experience without the Mako® technology.
Are You Ready to Explore Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement?
If you are suffering with chronic hip or knee instability and the pain that accompanies a failing joint, we invite you to explore the possibility of robotic-arm assisted joint replacement.
Living with pain and the loss of mobility can significantly compromise your quality of life. Hip or knee replacement surgery is a safe and simple way to reclaim your active, pain-free life.
The Mako® technology allows us to provide you with a truly personalized surgical experience. Whether you have experienced an injury or suffer from a degenerative bone disease like osteoarthritis, talk to us today to learn more about robotic-assisted joint replacement and explore how this dynamic technology can help get you back on your feet.