The MAKO System: A new era in personalized orthopedic care
We have good news: If you suffer from painful, arthritic joints, there’s never been a better time to consider robotic joint replacement surgery. Advancements in robotic technology have made these procedures more successful than ever before. Increased accuracy, customization and precision are just a few of the benefits to consider, not to mention pain relief and rapid recovery time.
Robotic-assisted surgery gives patients an enhanced personalized experience and decreased risk of complications. The technology provides the surgeon with a 3D model of the joint, which they can use to create a precise surgical plan, and real-time feedback and data during the procedure, which allow them to make adjustments as they operate.
MAKO technology leads the way
The MAKO System is the best in class of robotic-assisted technology and is transforming the way joint replacement surgeries are being performed. It’s the first and only robotic technology surgeons use to perform total and partial knee and total hip replacements.
The MAKO doesn’t just improve the actual operational experience. It uses CT-based 3D modeling that allows the surgeon to create a personalized surgical plan based on the patient’s unique anatomical specifications and diagnosis. The surgeon can then adjust that plan during the operation based on the MAKO’s real-time feedback.
The first MAKO procedure was performed in June of 2006. Since then, more than 83,000 MAKO hip and knee replacement surgeries have been performed worldwide. There are more than 350 MAKO Systems in the United States, and over 1,400 MAKO Total Knee replacements have been performed to date.
Who qualifies for the MAKO procedure?
If you’re suffering from an arthritic hip or knees, you may qualify for the MAKO procedure. Ninety percent of people needing a total knee replacement are good candidates for the surgery. If your knees hurt, lock or swell, do not improve with rest or medication and inhibit your daily activity, the MAKO can resolve your symptoms and create natural joint movement.
The benefits of The MAKO procedure
The premier benefits of the MAKO procedure are precise, customized fit and placement, small incisions, rapid recovery, minimal collateral damage and increased implant longevity. Additional benefits include:
- A custom surgical plan based on your unique anatomical specifications
- Surgeon gets a comprehensive view of your joint mechanics using a 3D model
- Ensures optimal implant fit and placement
- Provides your surgeon with real-time feedback and guidance during the surgery to preserve healthy tissue and promote expedited recovery
- Decreased narcotic use thanks to quicker recovery and less need for pain pills
- Decreased blood loss
- A tissue-sparing approach, which reduces pain and discomfort
- More natural joint motion following the surgery
- Get in and out of the hospital on the same day
- Full recovery possible within six weeks
- Prolongs the life of the implant
How does the procedure work?
Hearing the term “robotic-arm assisted technology” might lead you to believe that the MAKO actually performs all or part of the surgery, but it doesn’t. The MAKO is used to plan the surgery, and is operated by the surgeon to remove diseased bone and cartilage during the surgery.
Before the surgery
All patients start with a CT scan. This CT scan is uploaded into the MAKO System Software, where a 3D model of your joint is created. This model shows where joints are damaged and what needs to be removed. It allows the surgeon to pre-plan the replacement procedure and know exactly what to do in the operating room.
During the procedure
The MAKO guides the surgeon within pre-defined areas to remove the damaged portion of the joint, preparing the bone for implant while leaving the surrounding healthy bone and tissue unaffected. The MAKO provides the surgeon with information that allows them to make adjustments during the surgery. Then the surgeon installs the implant, leading to symptom resolution and natural joint movement.
After the procedure
Once the procedure is done, your medical team (composed of your surgeon, nurses and physical therapists) will work with you to set achievable goals. They’ll monitor your healing progress, and your surgeon may go over an X-ray of your new knee with you.
Why choose Onward Orthopedics for your joint replacement surgery?
Our highly specialized orthopedic surgeons utilize MAKO Robotic Technology to offer more precise and accurate joint replacement techniques. We have an unbeatable team of experts that will help you heal and are available to answer your questions before and after surgery. Additionally, we offer:
- Free insurance verification
- Complimentary review of X-rays to help expedite care
- A personal scheduler for all appointments
- State-of-the-art facilities
If you have questions or want to learn more about this minimally invasive, highly innovative joint surgery, call 210.880.3823. You can also submit this form to request a free X-ray review. We look forward to helping you find true relief from joint pain.