If you’re one of the millions of Australians suffering from pain caused by arthritis or an injury to the knee, and you haven’t experienced adequate relief with conservative treatment options, Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery might be right for you.
The MAKO Difference
In clinical studies, Mako Partial Knee resulted in:
- More accurate bone removal and implant placement, which may result in improved outcomes and functioning of the knee.
- Less pain in the days and weeks following surgery.
- Shorter hospital stay.
- Quicker recovery, where 9 out of 10 patients were walking without an aid, such as a cane or walker, three weeks after surgery.
- 91% of patients being satisfied or very satisfied 5 years after surgery.
How MAKO Technology Works?
Personalized surgical plan
Prior to surgery, a CT scan of your knee joint is taken in order to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. The 3D model helps Dr. Chandrasekaran’s team see things they can’t typically see with an x-ray alone. This additional information helps Dr. Chandrasekaran’s team determine the optimal size, placement and positioning of your implant.
Throughout your procedure, Mako provides real-time data to Dr. Chandrasekaran. This allows them to continuously assess the movement and tension of your new joint, and adjust your surgical plan if desired.
Arthritic bone removal
In the operating room, Dr. Chandrasekaran guides the robotic-arm to remove the arthritic bone and cartilage from your knee. The Mako System creates a virtual boundary that provides tactile resistance to help Dr. Chandrasekaran’s team stay within the boundaries defined during the planning process.
With the diseased bone gone, your implant is placed into the knee joint. Then it’s off to the recovery room to begin your journey to strengthening your new joint.
Is MAKO an Option for Me?
Mako Partial Knee is for people with:
- Severe knee pain or stiffness resulting from: noninflammatory degenerative joint disease (including osteoarthritis, traumatic arthritis, or avascular necrosis), rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis
- Those who haven’t experienced adequate relief with conservative treatment options, like bracing, medication or joint fluid supplements
- Early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that doesn’t affect all 3 compartments of the knee