The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology & Surgery makes possible highly predictable surgical experiences when performing hip and knee joint replacement surgery. The Mako System provides CT scan derived, patient-specific 3D modeling enabling accurate planning of implant size, orientation and alignment. The current Mako System product offering includes Partial Knee, Total Hip and Total Knee surgical applications.
Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology was acquired by Stryker in December 2013 with a goal of transforming orthopaedic surgery by combining Stryker’s market-leading implants with Mako’s proprietary robotic-arm technology.
The Mako System provides dynamic joint balancing by allowing the orthopedic surgeon to make intra-operative adjustments in order to optimize implant placement. The robotic-arm does NOT make decisions on its own or move without the surgeon guiding the robotic-arm.
Patient-specific pre-operative planning enables more accurate implant positioning. The surgeon can modify the plan if necessary based on the intra-operative data to virtually balance the joint and achieve individualized placement.
South Bend Orthopaedics is one of few joint replacement centers in Indiana providing advanced robotic surgery technology. Early in 2019 medical technology innovator, Zimmer Biomet, secured FDA approval of its new Rosa Robotic Surgery System for knee replacement surgery.
The Rosa Robotic Knee Replacement System includes 3-dimensional technology that enables the knee replacement surgeon to make more precise cuts during surgery and better align the new artificial knee joint to the patient. The robot assisted surgery system also enables the surgeon to preserve more healthy bone during surgery.
The subject of robotic assisted surgery for orthopedics is of keen interest worldwide, with more regional orthopedic joint replacement centers seeing value in adding the advanced technology to their capabilities.
For example, recently the Hip and Knee Society published a paper recently comparing the 90-day episode of care cost with patients receiving a Mako total knee replacement versus conventional knee surgery. Overall, the study determined that Mako robotic assisted surgery patients had a cost of care per episode that was $2,391 less than conventional knee replacement. Additionally, fewer Mako robotic surgery patients needed to be discharged to nursing facilities. Mako Robotic Surgery patients also had a 90-day readmission reduction of 33%.
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