MAKOplasty™ Technology Improves Joint Replacement Precision

Doctors have control with every joint replacement, but MAKOplasty™ robotic arm-assisted technology helps orthopedic surgeons achieve an unmatched level of precision.

Makoplasty technology improves joint replacement position

MAKOplasty™ is an FDA-approved approach to hip and knee replacement that is often recommended over traditional joint arthroplasty. Replacing damaged cartilage and bone with a prosthetic implant requires extreme accuracy for a successful outcome, and the cutting-edge MAKOplasty™ technology enables the surgeon to be much more precise in planning and executing joint replacement surgery.

Pre-Planning the Joint Replacement Procedure

MAKOplasty™ technology gives an orthopedic surgeon the ability to pre-plan every detail of a hip or knee replacement procedure.

A couple of weeks before the day of arthroplasty, the patient is sent for a CT scan, a quick and painless imaging test that provides a three-dimensional view of the joint. The results are entered into the MAKOplasty™ surgery software and used to create a precise surgical plan, tailored to the unique anatomy of the individual patient.

Using MAKOplasty™ Technology During Joint Replacement Surgery

Once finalized, the surgical plan is programmed into the MAKOplasty™ system.

During MAKOplasty™ joint arthroplasty, the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System uses computer-guided mapping to ensure precision as the orthopedic surgeon removes damaged bone and cartilage from the joint and inserts the prosthetic implant. The surgeon is guided through the procedure, which greatly reduces the chance of human error — the MAKOplasty™ surgery software doesn’t allow the robotic arm to make any moves that aren’t part of the precise surgical plan.

Precision in Joint Replacement Leads to Improved Surgical Outcomes

Thanks to the levels of customization and precision MAKOplasty™ technology provides, patients can look forward to more successful surgical outcomes. And when compared to traditional joint arthroplasty, the robot-assisted approach offers several advantages.

With MAKOplasty™ surgery, implant placement is more accurate, which gives patients results that feel more natural. Leg length is also more consistent with robot-assisted joint arthroplasty, reducing the likelihood of needing to wear shoe lifts after surgery.

Plus, MAKOplasty™ joint replacements are minimally invasive, which reduces the risk of hip and knee replacement complications. And patients who opt for robot-assisted surgery instead of traditional joint arthroplasty rarely need revision procedures.

Would you like to learn more about how the revolutionary MAKOplasty™ technology works? Or would you like to know if robot-assisted joint replacement is right for you? Dr. Trevor Magee, a local orthopedic surgeon with expertise in MAKOplasty™ surgery at Comprehensive Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, can answer all your questions and help you weigh your treatment options.

Dr. Magee, a leading northern Utah orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee reconstruction, has extensive experience in helping patients achieve successful surgical outcomes through traditional and robot-assisted surgery. Contact our Salt Lake City, Sandy or Park City office and schedule a consultation to discuss MAKOplasty™ technology and joint replacement today.

Trevor Magee, MD
Dr. Trevor Magee, MD, is one of Utah’s most experienced Mako® surgeons, performing both robotic-assisted partial knee replacements and robotic-assisted total hip replacements. Dr. Magee is a board certified fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

He is also active in the Utah Chapter of Operation Walk, a private, not-for-profit, volunteer medical service organization that provides free joint replacement in developing countries and in the United States.
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About Trevor Magee, MD

Dr. Trevor Magee, MD, is one of Utah’s most experienced Mako® surgeons, performing both robotic-assisted partial knee replacements and robotic-assisted total hip replacements. Dr. Magee is a board certified fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons. He is also active in the Utah Chapter of Operation Walk, a private, not-for-profit, volunteer medical service organization that provides free joint replacement in developing countries and in the United States.