Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology for Total Knee Replacement
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replacement experience is important to you. As you are reading through
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Each patient is unique, and can experience joint pain for different reasons.
It’s important to talk to us about the reason for your knee pain
so you can understand the treatment options available to you. 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 spot or
many parts of the body. It is common for patients to try medication 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 Total Knee replacement, which may provide you with
relief from your knee pain.
How Mako Technology works
Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee replacement is a treatment option
for adults living with mid to late-stage osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.
Mako provides you with a personalized surgical plan based on your unique
anatomy. 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.
In the operating room, your surgeon follows your personalized surgical
plan while preparing the bone for the Triathlon Total Knee implant. With
over a decade of clinical history, Triathlon knee replacements are different
than traditional knee replacements because they are designed to work with
the body to promote natural-like circular motion.
The surgeon guides the robotic-arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage
within the pre-defined area and the Mako System helps the surgeon stay
within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized
pre-operative plan was created. In a laboratory study, Mako Technology
demonstrated accurate placement of implants to a personalized surgical plan.
It’s important to understand that the surgery is performed by an
orthopaedic 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 also allows your surgeon to make adjustments
to your plan during surgery as needed.