Robotic Knee Replacement (Mako)
If you’re suffering from pain caused by arthritis or an injury to the knee, and you haven’t experienced adequate relief with conservative treatment options, robotic knee replacement surgery might be right for you.
This state-of-the-art technology uses 3D imaging to plan your procedure ahead of time and assist the surgeon as they perform your total knee replacement. First, a CT scan of your knee is performed. That scan is then uploaded into the Mako software program, which then creates a 3D model of your knee. In the operating room, the surgeon follows a personalized surgical plan to prepare the bone for a Triathlon Total Knee implant, which is designed to replicate the body’s natural arc of motion.
Throughout your procedure, Mako provides real-time data to your surgeon. This allows them to continuously assess the movement and tension of your new joint, and adjust your surgical plan if desired.
“The Mako system’s real-time feedback allows for more precise implant positioning and finely tuned adjustments,” says Andrew T. Garber, MD. “The robotic arm is linked with the Mako software intra-operatively to ensure that we hit our preoperative goals.
Arthritic bone removal
In the operating room, your surgeon guides Mako’s robotic arm to remove the arthritic bone and cartilage from the knee. A virtual boundary provides tactile resistance to help the surgeon stay within the boundaries defined in your surgical plan.
“The Mako system also has haptic feedback which controls the limits of resection and prevents us from going beyond our pre-set boundaries, adding another level of safety for you.” says Kathleen M. Hogan, MD.
It’s that precision that makes the Mako robotic-arm assisted total knee replacement so successful. “Being able to plan each surgery ahead of time, but also have the ability to accurately obtain and use real-time data intra-operatively helps ensure that each patient gets a well-balanced knee, and the best outcome possible,” explains Dr. Garber. “Our goal is to get you back on your feet and back to the activities you love as soon as possible.”