For patients considering hip or knee surgery, one of the major concerns is recovery time. Common questions include "How long will I be off work?" and "How much pain will I be in?" With the introduction of MAKOplasty robotic surgery, McLaren Macomb is getting patients back to life with less pain and recovery time.
Highly advanced RIO® robotic arm technology offers a new level of precision and accuracy in aligning and placing implants. These are important factors that may improve surgical outcomes. Patients who desire a restored lifestyle and seek the latest technology advancements in knee and hip replacement may benefit from learning more about MAKOplasty®
MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA), is a procedure known as total hip replacement that is supported by robotic-arm assisted technology. This innovative solution was designed for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease. The robot enables surgeons to achieve a new level of precision using the latest techniques in total hip replacement and is designed to restore patient mobility and active lifestyle.
Robotic-arm assisted technology provides your surgeon a patient-specific 3-D model to pre-plan your hip replacement. During the procedure, tactile, visual, auditory feedback, and real-time data assists your surgeon in preparing the hip joint and placing the implants in the desired orientation with more accuracy.
If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for the MAKOplasty® procedure, he or she will schedule a computed tomography (CT) scan of your hip one or two weeks prior to your surgery date. This is used to create your unique surgical plan for optimal implant placement.
MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement may:
- Facilitate optimal implant placement
- Enhance stability and mobility
- Restore an active lifestyle
MAKOplasty® is typically covered by Medicare insurers-check with your private health insurers.
What is MAKOplasty?
MAKOplasty is a robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, your surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing can:
- Enable surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee
- Preserve healthy tissue and bone
- Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
- Result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement surgery
Unlike other more invasive procedures MAKOplasty can often be performed through a four to six inch incision over your knee with small incisions in both your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin). Additionally the preservation of your own natural bone and tissue along with more ideal patient specific implant positioning may also result in a more natural feeling knee. And since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKOplasty partial knee procedures may still be a candidate for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.
The MAKOplasty procedure is indicated for patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease. A total replacement is sometimes necessary if your surgeon discovers during surgery that your knee has more damage than originally seen in the pre-operative X-rays and CT scan.
Your physician should discuss the specific risks associated with MAKOplasty and other treatment options with you. In addition, you should be informed of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions by your surgeon or his or her staff.