Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery Total Hip Replacement

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery total hip replacement is a treatment option for those living with degenerative joint disease (DJD). DJD is a chronic condition affecting millions of Americans, often resulting in loss of an active lifestyle and impacting your quality of life.

The risk of developing DJD is influenced by factors such as age, gender and inherited traits that can affect the shape and stability of your joints. Other factors can include:

  • A previous hip injury
  • Repetitive strain on the hip
  • Improper joint alignment
  • Being overweight
  • Exercise or sports-generated stress placed on the hip joint

For hip pain, non-surgical treatment options are often the first line of defense. If your symptoms are not responding to non-surgical solutions, speak with your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for total hip replacement.

How Does Mako Technology Work?

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery is an innovative, breakthrough solution for those suffering with painful DJD of the hip and in need a total hip replacement. Mako, powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, allows your surgeon to treat your specific hip condition with accuracy and precision.

If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery, one or two weeks prior to your surgery you will have a CT scan of your hip. The scan is used to create a 3-D model of your hip, pelvis and femur. The surgeon uses the RIO software with information from the model to plan your surgery based on your unique anatomy. During surgery, the software provides real-time information to optimize implant positioning and alignment, and the robotic arm is used to prepare your socket and guide placement of the implants.

  • Benefits of Mako Total Hip Replacement:
  • Accurate placement of your hip implant using the surgeon-controlled robotic arm system, which can reduce the likelihood of hip dislocation
  • More consistency in leg length, potentially decreasing the need for a shoe lift
  • Decreased risk of the implant and bone abnormally rubbing together—this may improve the lifetime of the implant