Knee replacement is a common yet specialized procedure in which a diseased or damaged joint is replaced with an artificial joint known as an implant. The procedure is growing in popularity; in fact, more than 7 million Americans have had a knee or hip replacement surgery.
The Mako® Robotic Arm Assisted System helps make the surgical procedure used today quite different than surgeries performed even 5 years ago. With this new technology, we’ve seen an increase in questions from the patient’s perspective. We are here to help clear up any confusion and help you get on the track to living your life pain-free.
The most common misconception about Mako® Knee Replacement is related to the implant versus the procedure. Mako® refers to the technique and instrumentation that the surgeon uses during surgery, not to the type of implant being used. Mako® is the latest advancement in complete and partial knee replacement surgery.
The Mako® Robotic Arm Assisted System refers to the robotic arm guidance system that the surgeon, Dr. Johnson, uses when performing your surgery. We first take a CT scan of your knee joint, which is then used to generate a 3D virtual model of your anatomy. This is then loaded into the Mako® System software where Dr. Johnson refines the data to suit your specific anatomy for a unique pre-operative plan.
Once in the operating room, Dr. Johnson is guided by the Mako® System in performing your surgery with a precision not possible with only the human eye. The technology demonstrates accurate placement of the joint implants, virtually eliminating any intrusion of soft tissue, resulting in a quicker recovery and less post-operative pain.
If you are exploring Mako® Knee Replacement and would like to learn more, visit our YouTube channel where Dr. Johnson explains the procedure and what you can expect. Stop living your life in pain, don’t wait; call us today to schedule a consultation.