Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement
Personalized Joint Replacement
Orthopedic surgeons at El Camino Health use Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement to treat hip and knee pain caused by arthritis. This advanced approach allows them to customize the procedure to your hip or knee joint, which can offer you a more natural-feeling joint. We use this approach for total hip replacements and both partial and total knee replacements.
With traditional joint replacement surgery, surgeons plan where to place the implant and how to align it based on X-rays or CT scans taken before surgery — but these static images don’t tell them how your joint moves.
Mako Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement offers more information. It combines the static images with images of your joint in motion, which are taken during surgery. Your surgeon can see how your joint moves, and how your new joint will affect the ligaments and tendons surrounding it. This allows them to customize the procedure based on your needs.
Greater Precision Means Better Results
The more information your surgeon has about the way your knee or hip moves, the better they’re able to place the new joint. Mako technology gives your surgeon essential information and guidance to offer you a better result.
Here’s how a surgeon performs a robotic-assisted knee replacement:
- They make a small cut in your knee to see your knee joint.
- Using the Mako robotic software, they can see how your joint moves.
- They combine this information with what they learned from pre-surgical imaging scans to plan how to cut the bone. This allows them to align the joint precisely and balance the ligaments.
Mako lets your surgeon know in advance how a particular cut will affect your joint and the surrounding tendons and ligaments. They don't need to make additional cuts get the right balance — fewer cuts mean less trauma during surgery and a faster recovery. And, because your surgeon can offer a more precise joint placement, you’ll be able to walk more naturally, sooner.
A Faster Recovery
Most people can go home the same day as surgery or the next day. You'll begin walking the day of surgery, with assistance, and walk with a walker up to a week afterward. You’ll most likely be able to walk on your own the second or third week after surgery. You’ll go through at least six weeks of physical therapy to regain strength and flexibility around your new joint.
If you haven’t had a knee or hip replacement before, Mako might be right for you. Talk to your doctor to learn more.