Mako™ robotic-arm-assisted surgery is an advanced technological procedure performed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration, typically due to osteoarthritis. These procedures are performed using advanced robotic arm and software technology. This technology assists the surgeon in precisely performing a full or partial joint replacement through a smaller incision, as compared to traditional surgery.
Types of Robotic-Arm-Assisted Joint-Replacement Procedures
Patients suffering from both unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease may benefit from MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing. Patients with osteoarthritis symptoms, such as knee pain associated with activity, knee swelling and knee locking, may also be good candidates for the MAKOplasty procedure.
This is especially true if the degenerative joint fails to respond to nonsurgical treatment.
How a Robotic Joint Replacement Works
Your orthopedic surgeon will order X-rays and a CT scan to help identify and analyze the damaged areas of the joint.
The surgeon will then upload the CT scan into the Mako software system. This is done to identify the precise diseased areas that must be removed and to determine the ideal placement of the knee implant. Your joint-replacement surgeon handles all this — with Mako’s help — before the procedure even starts.
During the Mako-assisted knee-replacement procedure, a 4-to-6-inch incision is made over the knee, along with small incisions over the lower end of the thighbone (femur) and the top end of the shinbone (tibia). Only the diseased portion of your knee is removed, preserving the surrounding healthy bone and tissue. The surgeon then secures an implant over the prepared portion of your knee joint.
Within days after your surgery, you should feel a resolution of your symptoms. And with physical therapy and rehab, patients typically experience the return of their natural knee movement.
What Are the Benefits of Robot-Assisted Knee Replacement?
Mako-assisted joint replacement offers our patients the following benefits:
- Replaces only the arthritic portion of the joint
- Provides ideal joint function
- Enables accurate implant positioning
- Allows for smaller incisions
- Preserves healthy bone and tissue
- Requires minimal hospitalization
- Facilitates a rapid recovery
Joint replacement with Mako is usually covered by your health insurance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amundsen to discuss the associated benefits and risks of using this technology in your knee-replacement procedure.
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