Your joints are involved in almost every daily activity. For those with osteoarthritis, the condition over time may wear away at your cartilage and cause pain, as bone rubs against bone. Osteoarthritis affects an estimated 12 percent of the U.S. population and about half of all seniors over the age of 65. Knees and hips are most frequently affected by this condition. When pain medication and other treatments no longer work, you may face the option of joint replacement surgery.
If your joint pain gets to the point where you can no longer enjoy the life you did before, it may be time to consider knee or hip replacement surgery. Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital has a new tool with a proven track record of improving patient outcomes for these surgeries. With Mako® robotic-arm technology, surgeons can restore diseased joints with implants designed to accurately replace your lost cartilage.
During Mako joint replacement surgery, implants are custom-designed by the surgeon to fit a patient’s unique anatomy and to minimize the wear and loosening that can occur with implants used in manual surgery, explains Matthew Hurbanis, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who performs Mako surgery at Orlando Health – Health Central.
HOW MAKO SURGERY WORKS
When you hear “robotic-arm assisted technology,” it’s important to understand that the Mako robotic arm doesn’t actually perform the surgery. Surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon, who uses the Mako robotic-arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage. The Mako surgery process allows for highly precise implant placement by providing the surgeon a 3-D model of the patient’s unique anatomy based on a CT scan of the knee or hip. Using guided visualization, the surgeon uses a robotic surgical arm to place the knee or hip implant based on the patient’s unique surgery plan.
BENEFITS OF ROBOTIC-ARM ASSISTED SURGERY
More than 50,000 Mako hip and knee procedures have been performed since 2006. Benefits of Mako surgery are documented in extensive clinical research that includes 50 peer-reviewed clinical publications and 300 scientific abstracts.
THE ADVANTAGES OF MAKO ROBOTIC-ARM ASSISTED JOINT SURGERY COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL MANUAL SURGERY INCLUDE:
- Smaller Incisions
- More Precise Placement of the Implant
- Faster Recovery
- Reduced Injury to Adjacent Tissues
- Increased Longevity of the Implant
“When compared to traditional joint replacement surgery, patients who undergo Mako procedures experience more accurate implant placement,” says Dr. Hurbanis. “This can result in less pain for patients after surgery, a faster recovery period, and fewer problems down the road.”
To find out if Mako joint replacement is right for you, consult with your physician, or go to OrlandoHealth.com/Mako to learn more.