Mako robotic-arm assisted total knee replacement is a treatment option for adults living with mid to late-stage osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Mako provides you with a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy. First, a CT scan of the diseased knee joint is taken. This CT scan is uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of your knee is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your total knee replacement.
In the operating room, your surgeon follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for the Triathlon Total Knee implant. With over a decade of clinical history, Triathlon knee replacements are different than traditional knee replacements because they are designed to work with the body to promote natural-like circular motion.
The surgeon guides the robotic arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage within the pre-defined area. The Mako system helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries defined when creating the personalized pre-operative plan. In a laboratory study, Mako Technology demonstrated accurate placement of implants to a personalized surgical plan.
It’s important to understand that the surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon, who guides the robotic arm during the surgery to position the implant in the knee joint. The robotic arm does not perform surgery, make decisions independently, or move without the surgeon guiding the robotic arm. The Mako System also allows your surgeon to adjust your plan during surgery as needed.