Joint replacement surgery using the innovative Mako™ robotic-arm technology has been all over the news lately.
The reason you’re hearing so much about this cutting-edge technique is because the Mako system is truly a game-changing tool for orthopedic and joint-replacement surgeons. And although this system was previously approved only for assisting in total hip replacement (THR), it is now being used to perform both partial knee replacement (PKR) and total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries.
Mako™ Robotic-Arm Technology Is Now Available for Knee Replacement
Until now, only about half of all joint replacement candidates could benefit from Mako. That all changed on March 14, 2017, when the system was approved for use in PKR surgery.
Based on a variety of new research and safety data, the FDA approved Mako for use in TKR (or arthroplasty) procedures. The research demonstrates the compelling effectiveness and safety of this robotic-arm-assisted joint replacement, and supports the common perception that this provides surgeons with a more precise way to perform knee replacements.
Today, knee replacement surgery is almost twice as common as hip replacement in the United States. That’s why this news is a game-changer. The approval and launch of the Mako application for total knee replacement almost doubles the number of patients who can benefit from this high-precision procedure, when performed by an experienced orthopedic surgeon.
Orthopedic surgeons understand the significant benefits the Mako robot offers. This technology helps us achieve a higher level of precision when removing damaged tissue from the hip or knee joint as well as when reconstructing the new joint. Everything just fits better.
Success Starts in Advance of Robot-Assisted Joint-Replacement Surgery
The Mako system starts by rendering a CT-based 3-D model of a patient’s orthopedic anatomy — days before the surgery. Even before you enter the operating room, your surgeon is working with your CT scans and the Mako system to create a personalized surgical plan.
But what good is a plan if you don’t stick with it?
In the operating suite, your surgeon follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone to accept the implant. The Mako system guides your surgeon within the pre-defined area and helps prevent them from moving outside the planned boundaries. This helps to provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant.
Mako™ Robotic Precision Reduces Bone Loss
Every millimeter of healthy bone we can preserve helps increase your odds of a successful joint replacement.
The Mako system helps your surgeon save those precious millimeters of bone. In the operating room, the surgeon employs the Mako system’s robotic arm to improve bone resections, to orient your new hardware and to align your joint’s motion, based on your unique anatomy.
We have one more reason to preserve as much bone as possible. Over time, all joint prostheses wear out. Most patients can expect their joint replacements to serve them well for 15 to 20 years. Ironically, if you lead an active lifestyle, your exercise and adventures may wear down your artificial hip or knee even more quickly than normal. If you need your artificial knee or hip revised (replaced) in the future, you will benefit if your original procedure preserves as much bone as possible.
Mako is a potent tool for minimizing healthy bone loss. So as you think about the future, having Mako-assisted surgery today could set you up for success if you need to replace a worn-out prosthesis fifteen or more years from now.
This is a noteworthy advance in orthopedic patient care, and you’ll likely hear much more about it in the coming months. Dr. Amundsen is excited to offer the Mako “game changer” joint replacement surgery to our patients who need relief from degenerative joint disease. Contact us today to learn more about robot-assisted hip or knee replacement surgery.
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