Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement
Robotic-arm assisted hip and knee surgery involves getting a pre-surgical CT scan of your affected joint so that we have a very detailed, three-dimensional depiction of your joint. We then do all our pre-surgical planning – the size of your implants, the cuts that we make. We then have a robotic arm in surgery, which allows us to execute those pre-planned measurements and cuts to a T. We can correlate what we see in surgery with what we planned in the CAT scan before surgery, so we know that when we implant those components, they fit each patient like a glove.
Hip and knee replacements are two of the most reproducible and successful things that we do in all of medicine, which is saying quite a lot. The introduction of robotic-arm assisted surgery offers us a new level of precision and accuracy to an already very successful group of procedures.
I think the most important part in your surgery is having a surgeon who is well trained and experienced in that type of surgery. But certainly, having the assistance of robotics gives that surgeon a new level of accuracy and precision that even experience can’t duplicate.
There are a lot of ways we can measure success in the surgeries that we do, whether it’s by getting into the nitty-gritty how much they’re able to bend and straighten their knee following surgery, or how quickly they get off a cane or a walker. But I think the best way of measuring success is the stories I get from my patients – whether it’s getting a former championship-level racquetball player back to championship form, or getting a mom or a grandmother back to playing with their kids and grandkids and taking them to soccer. I think the latter is probably the best way of measuring success, and that’s the one that matters the most.