At OrthoAspen, we know patients experience joint pain for different reasons. For patients who have experienced erosion of the knee joint as a consequence of arthritis, it’s important to 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.
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 patients with a personalized surgical plan based on their 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 a total 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 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 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 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.