Why Have a Robot in the OR for Your Joint Replacement Surgery?

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.

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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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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.
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Orthopedic Surgeon at CORE West Jordan
Wade Sessions, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He serves as team orthopedic physician for the Utah Grizzlies, Riverton High School and Lowland Rugby. He has special interest in less invasive surgical procedures, such as knee and shoulder arthroscopy. He has also been consecutively honored as one of America’s top orthopedists in 2009 and 2010.