Joint replacement surgery is a big ordeal – but thanks to the new minimally invasive techniques like MAKOplasty, even a full hip replacement can be performed on an outpatient basis.
In MAKOplasty, the surgeon utilizes robotic technology for pinpoint accuracy in removing diseased tissue and replacing it with prosthetic materials. This technology requires much smaller incisions and cutting than what is involved in traditional open surgery, thereby enabling a quicker recovery period and less blood loss during hip replacement surgery.
MAKOplasty allows surgeons to successfully treat the injured or diseased joint while preserving as much of the surrounding healthy tissue as possible. Let’s talk about what’s involved in MAKOplasty surgery and why it may be a good option for your hip replacement.
What Happens During MAKOplasty?
In the MAKOplasty procedure – whether for hip replacement surgery, knee surgery, or other type of operation – a robotic arm is wielded by the surgeon to perform the joint replacement. This technology allows a previously unattainable level of precision, because the robotic arm does not have the “shake” of a human hand – which is natural, albeit usually undetectable.
MAKOplasty surgery is conducted through just 2.5” to 3” incisions. Three-dimensional imaging generates a computerized model of the diseased hip, and this allows simulation surgery on a computer model ahead of the actual procedure.
This technology also offers greater accuracy for aligning and placing the implants (prosthetics). It minimizes trauma to surrounding tissue and reduces pain during recovery. The result is a speedier recovery and significantly reduced chances of future complications, infections, or the need for additional corrective surgeries.
MAKOplasty and Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement surgery is generally performed on older patients who have experienced hip joint deterioration due to diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or avascular necrosis (bone death due to poor blood supply). Falls, car accidents, and sports injuries can also require a hip replacement to repair a severe fracture, dislocation, or misalignment of the hip.
With the cutting-edge robotic technology of MAKOplasty, patients who are considering hip replacement now have a minimally invasive option for treatment. This technique allows for a return to full activity much more quickly than ever before.
Who Is a Candidate for MAKOPLASTY Hip Replacement?
Patients may be good candidates for a MAKOplasty total hip replacement if medication and other nonsurgical solutions do not ease the symptoms. Your doctor will perform a series of physical and imaging examinations to determine your suitability for this type of surgery.
A MAKOplasty hip replacement is not appropriate for those who are excessively overweight, have knee problems, or who have certain types of infections, mental disorders, or neuromuscular disorders.
OrthopMAKOplasty edic Doctors in St. Louis, MO
Here at Advanced Bone & Joint, we are committed to providing the latest in orthopedic innovation and technology. Find out if you are a candidate for a MAKOplasty hip replacement by talking to one of our experienced orthopedic surgeons.
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