Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Surgery

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In any joint replacement surgery, one key factor in achieving the best outcome is sculpting the patient's bone surface with absolute precision — while removing as little healthy tissue as possible — all in a way that enables the new componentry to fit and function naturally. 

To achieve this, the Mako method first involves taking CT images of the joint and creating a virtual 3D model of the patient's unique anatomy. This is loaded into the Mako system software and used by the surgeon to create a personalized pre-operative plan, including accurate planning of implant size, orientation and alignment prior to surgery. The plan takes into account how the joint moves and fits throughout the entire range of motion and helps map the exact position, shape, and depth of the bone surface to be removed for the implant to fit. 

In the operating room, the surgeon performs the surgery based on the patient's personalized pre-operative plan, assisted by the Mako robotic arm as well as detailed images of the patient-specific plan. The surgeon can make adjustments to the plan during surgery as needed to allow for more correct knee movement and soft-tissue balance. 

When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the Mako system guides the surgeon within the pre-defined area and helps prevent the surgeon from moving outside the planned boundaries.

The Mako platform has been used in the Lower 48 for many years, on tens of thousands of patients. Studies show that key advantages include less pain and need for revision surgery, better motion, improved longevity of implants, less pain and faster recoveries.

OPA's Wasilla based orthopedic surgeons were the first in Alaska to perform total hip and partial knee replacement surgeries on the Mako System