How Does MAKO™ Robotic Hip Replacement Work?

MAKO™ robotic hip replacement is a leading surgical technique for replacing damaged bone and cartilage with prosthetic components. Taking this approach for total hip arthroplasty allows orthopedic surgeons to achieve a new level of precision.

Robotic Hip Replacement

If conservative treatments have failed to relieve your chronic pain and restore your mobility, you may want to consider robot-assisted hip arthroplasty.

Pre-Planning the MAKO™ Robotic Hip Replacement

Accurate alignment and placement is crucial for successful total hip arthroplasty. MAKO™ technology gives your orthopedic surgeon the ability to pre-plan the procedure and determine a surgical approach based on your unique anatomy.

A week or two before the date of your robot-assisted surgery, you’ll be sent to get a CT scan taken. The scan will be loaded into the MAKOplasty™ surgery software system to create a virtual three-dimensional model. Using this model, your surgeon will be able to develop a personalized surgical plan.

During the MAKO™ Robot-Assisted Surgery

In the operating room, your orthopedic surgeon will follow the surgical plan in preparing the socket and positioning the prosthetic components. During MAKO™ surgery, the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System will provide guidance and define the boundaries for the procedure.

At the same time, the software will offer real-time information and imaging, allowing your orthopedic surgeon to make necessary adjustments to the hip replacement surgical plan.

Benefits of MAKO™ Robotic Total Hip Replacement

MAKO™ surgery has several advantages over traditional total hip arthroplasty:

  • The surgeon-controlled robotic arm allows for more accurate implant placement.
  • The risk of complications is minimized with robot-assisted surgery.
  • Leg length is more consistent with MAKO™ surgery, which reduces the need for a shoe lift.
  • The results from robot-assisted hip arthroplasty feel more natural due to the higher level of surgical precision.

Is robot-assisted hip arthroplasty right for you? Generally speaking, most total hip arthroplasty patients are candidates for MAKO™ surgery. But to determine if the procedure is the best approach to alleviate your chronic pain and get you back to the activities you enjoy, you’ll need to consult with an experienced orthopedic surgeon.

If you live in northern Utah and want advice from an expert in MAKO™ robotic hip replacement, make an appointment with Dr. Spencer H. Amundsen at the Center of Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Excellence. As one of the region’s leading hip reconstruction specialists, Dr. Amundsen can help you weigh all your treatment options.

For more information, or to schedule MAKO™ robotic hip replacement consultation with Dr. Amundsen, contact our West Jordan, Utah, office today.

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Orthopedic Surgeon at CORE West Jordan
Dr. Spencer Amundsen is a fellowship-trained Total Joint Specialist at the Center of Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Excellence. He specializes in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee, including primary and revision joint replacements. He is certified in Mako robotic hip and knee surgery and Birmingham hip resurfacing. He has extensive training in anterior approach hip replacements and computer navigation.