Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Surgeries

Skilled Orthopedic Care in Richardson, TX

Are you interested in a joint replacement surgery? Our Richardson hospital now utilizes the advanced technology in the Stryker Mako System, which uses a robotic arm to assist in various orthopedic joint replacement surgeries. Studies show that joint replacement surgeries using the Mako robotic arm are more successful than those performed manually. With the use of the Mako technology, surgeons can plan the surgery ahead of time, programming the robotic arm and using it to improve accuracy during the procedure.

If you are interested in a joint replacement surgery, make sure you understand how the Mako robotic arm works and how it could improve your surgical procedure.

The Growing Need for Knee & Hip Replacement Surgeries

Studies show an anticipated demand for joint replacement surgeries in the coming years, which means the Mako robotic arm could later prove invaluable. In the next decade or so, the demand for knee replacement surgeries in the U.S. is expected to rise by more than 600%, with the need for hip replacements following close behind at almost 200%.

Joint replacement surgeries are designed to help alleviate joint pain in individuals who suffer from osteoarthritis or joint degeneration. Usually, these issues are most prominent in older individuals, but other people might also require knee or hip replacement surgeries for other reasons.

Benefits of Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Surgeries

With the help of the Stryker Mako robotic arm, surgeons can help facilitate a more predictable surgery, avoiding inaccuracies that might have previously been unavoidable. With the help of newly developed technology, the Mako robotic arm can adjust the surgical procedure according to each patient’s specific anatomy and their diagnosis. So, patients can benefit from the increased accuracy of the procedure without forfeiting the personal touch of an experienced doctor, who will continue to oversee the procedure and control the robotic arm when necessary.

The Mako robotic arm can be used in each of the following surgical procedures:

  • Minimally-invasive hip replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement

How It Works

The surgeon will program the robotic arm prior to surgery using a detailed 3-D model of the patient’s joint. This initial plan can be created specifically to fit the anatomy and particular conditions of each patient. It will create a surgical plan according to the bone anatomy of the patient, the implant size, and the orientation and alignment of the implant. In the past, finding the proper alignment and orientation has been difficult to determine manually, but with the assistance of the Mako robotic arm, the implants stand a higher chance of accurate alignment, contributing to a higher rate of surgical success.

This program, however helpful, can also be adjusted to allow for any necessary changes. If the surgeon wants to take control or make any adjustments during surgery, he or she can do so and guide the Mako robotic arm accordingly. The Mako robotic arm can also be used to assist the surgeon in preparing the bone and executing bone resections.

Are you interested in utilizing Stryker’s Mako robotic arm technology for joint replacement surgery? Contact Methodist Richardson Medical Center to discuss your case with