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 Total Knee resulted in:
- In laboratory studies, Mako Total Knee enabled surgeons to execute their surgical plans more accurately.
- In a clinical study, Mako protected soft tissue and ligaments from damage.
- In a clinical study, Mako patients surveyed 6 months after surgery reported lower pain scores than those who received a conventional joint replacement.
- In a clinical study, Mako patients surveyed 6 months after surgery reported better patient satisfaction scores compared to those who received a conventional joint replacement.
How MAKO Technology Works?
Personalized surgical plan
The first step is patient-specific surgical planning. Before surgery, a CT scan of your knee is taken to develop a 3D virtual model of your unique joint. Dr. Chandrasekaran’s team uses this model to evaluate your bone structure, disease severity, joint alignment and even the surrounding bone and tissue, so they can determine the optimal size, placement and alignment of your implant.
Throughout your procedure, Mako provides real-time data to Dr. Chandrasekaran. This allows him 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 Mako’s robotic arm to remove the arthritic bone and cartilage from the knee. A virtual boundary provides tactile resistance to help Dr. Chandrasekaran stay within the boundaries defined in your surgical plan.
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 Total 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