MAKO Knee Replacement
Partial & Total Knee Replacements Using the MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System
The MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm technology that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants. MAKO can be used for partial or total knee replacements. This technology enables a new level of accuracy and reproducibility for knee replacement surgery.
Both partial and total knee replacements are designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA) in one or two compartments of the knee. By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, your surgeon can replace the diseased part of your knee while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
A CT scan of your joint generates a 3D virtual model that is loaded into the MAKO system software to create your personalized preoperative plan.
MAKO technology provides your surgeon with a patient-specific 3-D model to pre-plan your partial knee replacement. It begins with a CT scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3–D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the MAKO system software and is used to create your personalized pre-operative plan.
During surgery, your surgeon guides the MAKO robotic-arm based on your pre-operative patient-specific plan. This allows the surgeon to remove only the diseased bone, preserving healthy bone and soft tissue, and assists your surgeon in positioning the implant based on your anatomy. The MAKO system also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed. When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the MAKO system guides the surgeon within the pre-defined area and helps prevent the surgeon from moving outside the planned boundaries. This helps provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant.
Dr. Kenneth Gustke, a founding member of Florida Orthopaedic Institute, was the first to perform a total knee replacement surgery using the MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System in Tampa.
More facts about MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery
- Over 50,000 MAKO hip and knee procedures have been performed since 2006.
- Patient-specific 3-D modeling enables accurate planning of implant size, orientation and alignment preoperatively.
- Real-time intra-operative adjustments allow for more correct knee kinematics and soft-tissue balance.
- The MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System has been shown to provide excellent accuracy and precision.
- Lower pain.
- More accurate implant placement.
- Higher post-operative activity scores.