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.
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 orthopedic 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.
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.
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.