Is Mako SmartRobotics for Partial Knee Replacement an option for me?
I understand that knowing what to expect from your joint replacement experience is important to you. As you read through this material, please reach out to me if you would like to discuss this information and answer your questions with an in-person office consultation.
Each patient is unique and can experience joint pain for different reasons. It’s important to talk to me about the reason for your knee pain so you can understand the treatment options that are available. Pain from arthritis and joint degeneration can be constant or come and go, occur with movement or after a period of rest, or be located in one area or many parts of the joint. It is common for patients to try medication, injections, bracing and other conservative treatments to treat their knee pain. If you haven’t experienced adequate relief with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for Mako robotic assisted partial knee replacement, which can eliminate knee pain and restore normal activity and knee function.
How does it work?
PLAN: Personalized surgical plan
Prior to surgery, a CT scan of your knee joint is taken in order to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. The 3D model helps your doctor see things they can’t typically see with an x-ray alone. This additional information helps your doctor determine the optimal size, placement and positioning of your implant.
ASSESS: Range-of-motion assessment
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.
PREPARE: Arthritic bone removal
In the operating room, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm to remove the arthritic bone and cartilage from your knee. The Mako System creates a virtual boundary that provides tactile resistance to help your doctor stay within the boundaries defined during the planning process.
INSERT: Implant placement
With the diseased bone gone, your implant is placed into the knee joint. Then it’s off to the recovery room to begin your journey to strengthening your new joint.