What is Robot Assisted Surgery/MAKOplasty?
MAKOplasty® is a partial knee and total hip replacement procedure designed to provide quicker recovery and better surgical results for patients with joint degeneration in the hip or knee. This is accomplished by using robot-assisted technology to give a more accurate implant placement.
The MAKOplasty® procedure is an innovative treatment option for patients who suffer from mid to severe-stage osteoarthritis of the knee and hip.
What Are The Benefits to this New Technology?
Performed through a smaller incision than that required for traditional total joint replacement surgery. Only the arthritic portion of the joint is removed, preserving healthy bone and tissue.
Implants are optimally positioned in the joint to allow the knee/hip to move smoothly again.
Who Would be a Good Candidate for this procedure?
Patients with mid to severe stage osteoarthritis of the hip or knee are good candidates for the MAKOplasty® procedure. It can offer many patients a new lease on life, but they are not right for everyone. Determining factors include:
1) AGE: Many replacements are performed on patients between ages 50 and 80. Successful surgeries have been performed on patients in their 80s, but these procedures rely heavily on the person’s ability to cope with the physical demands of surgery and recovery.
2) OVERALL HEALTH: People considering joint replacement surgery must be in good overall health and free of any major health problems. Particularly for overweight patients, recovering from surgery may be more difficult.
3) ACTIVITY LEVEL: Patients who are fairly active prior to surgery tend to respond better and more quickly to replacement procedures. Therefore, an older patient who is still active may be an appropriate candidate for surgery.
Traditional Hip & Knee Surgery versus MAKOplasty®
For information or to register for an upcoming seminar about MAKOplasty® and other joint replacement options at The Center for Precision Joint Replacement at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, call 801-35-JOINT or visit saltlakeregional.com.