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All You Need To Know About Mako Robot?
December 22, 2022

Several experts have described the Mako Robot technology as a “game-changer” since it allows for greater precision and customisation with knee replacements. You’re probably looking at your options if you’re suffering from knee or hip pain from arthritis or an injury. Many people with this condition find themselves in need of surgery, even though there are possible beginning options such as bracing, medications, or facet joint injections.  We will discuss a robotic-arm assisted surgery option called Mako SmartRobotics today.

In terms of precision, recovery, and results, this technique represents a revolution in joint replacement surgery. It provides surgeons with valuable insights, versatile execution, and verified performance to simplify knee replacement surgery and improve outcomes for patients. Medical science continues to advance and improve year after year – and so does the technology we use to treat patients. This is an innovative solution that can provide relief for many people suffering from painful knee arthritis.

Good Things About Mako Robotic Surgery:

A Stryker Mako helps surgeons plan and perform robot-assisted joint replacements with a high degree of accuracy. Preoperatively and during surgery, the Mako robot offers several major advantages.

1- It’s Precise 

As a result of Mako’s robotic arm, it is possible to operate within a fraction of a millimeter. Its software provides a visual path for the surgeon as he makes the planned cuts and fixes the implant, while the arm provides tactile resistance to prevent him from moving outside of the planned boundaries. As part of surgery, it is important to preserve as much healthy bone and tissue as possible in order to reduce post-operative pain and speed recovery. 

2- It’s Bespoke 

In addition to mapping the anatomy of your knee, the system uses advanced 3D modeling to create a detailed individual plan for your operation prior to your arrival in the operating room. In this way, doctor can precisely plan the cuts we will need before we perform the procedure.

3- It’s Natural 

In replacing a knee joint, the ultimate goal is to create a joint that feels as natural as possible. The Mako’s accuracy, predictability, and tailored approach will enable us to provide our patients with the best chance of obtaining a replacement that is the most appropriate for their needs

4- It’s Time-Tested 

In spite of the concept sounding futuristic, Mako robot has been operating since 2006. More than 100,000 Mako procedures have been performed, over 700 surgeons around the world regularly perform it, and more than 50 peer-reviewed publications have been published on the technology.

Are You A Candidate For Robotic Joint Surgery?

The cause of joint pain can vary from patient to patient, and each patient has a unique experience. To understand your treatment options, you should discuss the cause of your knee or hip pain with the doctor. Sometimes you have symptoms like:

When you feel these symptoms, you should consult your doctor. After complete diagnosis, he will recommend that you should go with medications or surgery according to the severity of your disease.

Joint degeneration and arthritis pain may be constant or intermittent, associated with movement or after a period of rest, or located in one spot or many locations throughout the body. In order to treat knee or hip pain, it is common for patients to try medication and other conservative treatments.

In the event that you have not found adequate relief with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for Mako partial knee or total hip replacement, which may provide you with relief from your symptoms. 

Our Mako robotic-arm assisted technology procedures include: 

  • Replacement of a partial knee
  • Total replacement of the hip
  • Total Knee Replacement

How Mako Robot Works

  • A CT scan of your leg is the first step in the Mako process.In order to determine the anatomical alignment of hip, knee, and ankle joints, it is necessary to capture the entire limb.
  • The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.
  • It takes multiple x-ray images of your leg during the scan. The data from these images is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your knee. Stryker Mako uses this information to create a bespoke surgical plan for your joint, from the most appropriate implant size to the best surgical angles. 
  • After the surgeon reviews and adjusts the plan, the Mako robot will upload it.
  • As a result, the robotic arm is equipped with a specialized surgical saw that is used to remove the diseased portions of bone from the joint. 
  • A trained Stryker specialist joins the surgical team to supervise the operation and guide it through the procedure plan.
  • Mako requires the surgeon to place reflective markers around your knee in order to synchronize the 3D model.
  • The surgeon uses a robotic arm to remove defective bone from the knee. The Mako guides the surgeon’s movements and prevents them from straying outside the boundaries (the saw cuts out if they do so).
  • The surgeon remains in charge of the procedure, but the Mako provides real-time feedback to guide their movements.
  •  In this way, the process is precise, preserving the most healthy tissue possible.
  • Mako ensures correct insertion of the implant into the joint space after the diseased bone has been removed. Your surgeon will carefully examine the range of motion in your knee before completing the surgery.
  • Dr. will visit you soon after you wake up to discuss the procedure and ensure that you have everything you need. As soon as possible over the next two days, we aim to get you mobile – most patients are able to take their first steps within 24 hours and to use stairs by day two or three.
  • If you’ve had a partial or full replacement, you can go home in two or three nights.
  • At that time, the doctor will review your progress and allow you to remove your stitches and dressing.
  • Prior To Surgery

During Mako robotic surgery, you will undergo the same preoperative procedures as those undergoing total knee replacements. However, the Mako computer will create a 3-dimensional model of your knee based on the CT scan. During your knee replacement surgery, your surgeon will use this model to plan the procedure.

  • During Surgery

A specially trained surgeon will guide the Mako System’s robotic arm to remove damaged bone within a predetermined area. Using the Mako System, your surgeon will be able to stay within the planned area and adjust the plan as necessary during surgery to ensure that the placement of your implants is as accurate as possible.  

  • After Surgery

Depending on your surgeon’s evaluation, you may be able to return home the same day as your surgery. The length of your recovery will vary depending on your individual needs. When you are safe to return to driving and other activities, your surgeon will advise you regarding physical therapy.

Why Do People Say Mako Technologies Cut Less?

A Mako SmartRobotics 3D model created from a CT scan provides a surgeon with very detailed information about the patient. It uses haptic technology to guide and make precise cuts with Mako AccuStop.

In some cases, this may result in the preservation of soft tissue or a healthy bone. Several studies have linked Mako machines to less damage and better cuts, which is why Cut Less is often used to describe this process. As a result of Mako surgeries, less bone and soft tissue damage was observed in total knee replacements, reduced post-operative pain was observed in partial knee replacements, and greater bone preservation was observed in total hip replacements.

  • As previously mentioned, the use of a 3D CT scan provides accuracy and precision that are otherwise impossible to achieve. By using this scan, your orthopedic surgeon will be able to give you a more personalized surgery based on the unique anatomy of your body. 
  • Based on a customized preoperative plan, the surgeon uses a robotic arm to complete the surgical procedure.
  • By using Mako technologies, it is possible to preserve healthy bones and ligaments.
  • In total knee, partial knee, and hip replacements, Mako technologies have been shown to be more effective.

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