Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery

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The human body is an amazing machine. As with all machines, it requires care and maintenance to achieve longevity. Often the most used and abused parts of our bodies are our knee joints.

Mako provides you with a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy.

First, a CT scan of the diseased knee joint is taken. This CT scan is uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of your knee is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your total knee replacement. 

The surgery is performed by an orthopaedic surgeon, who guides the robotic-arm during the surgery to position the implant in the knee joint. The robotic-arm does not perform surgery, make decisions on its own, or move without the surgeon guiding the robotic-arm. The Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized pre-operative plan was created.

Enhanced Planning

Patient-specific pre-operative plan enables more accurate implant positioning. CT data is segmented to create a 3D model of the patient’s bone anatomy. An individualized pre-operative plan is created and reviewed with you prior to the Mako procedure.

Dynamic joint balancing

Surgeon-controlled intra-operative adjustments can be made to optimize implant placement. Kinematic and soft tissue data are collected intra-operatively and applied to the virtual CT model.

You can review the pre-op plan and can modify it if necessary based on the intra-operative data to virtually balance the joint and achieve individualized placement.

Mako Total Knee Facts

  • Mako Total Knee transforms the way total knee replacements are performed.
  • Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy.
  • The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan during surgery and assists them in shaping bone.
  • The Mako Total Knee option is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis.
  • Since 2007, more than 100,000 total procedures, including total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements, have been performed with Mako.
  • The Mako Total Knee option assists the surgeon to make precise cuts that lead to the best possible outcomes.
  • Joint replacements are expected to last 20 to 30 years.
  • Renovations are beginning on the third floor of Hutchinson Regional Medical Center to create a unique orthopedic experience, which will open this summer.
  • Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 189% by 2030. The Mako surgical System reports greater patient satisfaction, which is very important as 30 percent of patients express dissatisfaction following conventional surgeries.

Ask your Hutchinson Orthopaedic specialist about Mako robotic-assisted surgery.