The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoAspen understand that making sure you know what to expect from your joint replacement experience is important to you. As you are reading through this material, if you have additional questions please contact us.
At OrthoAspen, we know patients experience joint pain for different reasons. 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 Partial Knee replacement.
Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology 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 the knee is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist the surgeon in performing your partial knee replacement.
In the operating room, the surgeon follows the personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for the implant. The surgeon guides the robotic-arm 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. This helps to provide more accurate placement and alignment of the implant.
It’s important to understand the surgery is performed by an OrthoAspen surgeon, who guides the robotic-arm during the surgery to position the implant in the knee joint. The Mako 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 OrthoAspen surgeons to make adjustments to the plan during surgery as needed.