Los Angeles Mako Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery
Mako robotic surgery is the most innovative surgical tool available for hip and knee replacement. It combines robotic precision with human expertise to get the best of both worlds. Mako robotic hip and knee replacement surgery provides many benefits over traditional non-robotic options, including better precision, less pain and a faster recovery.
Using a CT scan of the hip or knee, a 3D model can be created that is unique to each patient. This allows the surgeon to pre-plan the entire surgery and set boundaries beyond which the robot cannot move. The surgeon remains in complete control during the entire procedure. The Mako robot and software also provide real-time feedback to the surgeon, allowing for more accurate implant placement and better post-surgical outcomes. If needed, the surgeon can make adjustments to the predefined plan at any time.
Why Choose Robotic Surgery for Your Hip or Knee Replacement?
There are many benefits to Mako robotic surgery compared to traditional surgery, even compared to non-robotic keyhole surgery. A surgeon is better prepared for the surgery with the Mako robotic system because a 3D model and full surgical plan can be made before the surgery. The advanced precision of robotic surgery provides better implant placement for more consistent leg length and decreased chance of joint dislocation. As leg length is more consistent, a more natural feeling is gained, and there is a reduced need for a shoe lift. Robotic surgery also decreases the risk of the implant and bone rubbing, increasing the lifespan of the implant.
Robotic surgery only requires a few small incisions, reducing scarring and blood loss. The precision of robotic surgery allows the surgeon to remove less bone and accurately place the implant. This means less pain, faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay. Patients can usually begin walking the day of the surgery and around 90% of patients can return home the day after the surgery. As well as decreased scarring, there is also reduced internal muscle and tissue damage, reducing post-operative pain and speeding up recovery, with fewer risks of complications.
The Robotic Surgical Process
Before the surgery, the hip or knee is evaluated by a professional. Scans will help to assess the joint and its suitability for the surgery. Most people that require a knee or hip replacement are suitable for robotic-assisted surgery. A CT scan will allow the surgeon to see the joint, and a 3D model is made with the Mako software. The surgeon then makes a complete plan with the help of the software using the 3D model.
The surgery itself is minimally invasive and can be completed without general anesthesia. Surgeries typically take about an hour to complete. The joints are held in place so that they don’t move during the procedure. A spinal anesthetic is commonly used instead of general anesthesia, as it is better for the patient and speeds up recovery. A few small incisions are made to allow the robotic surgical tools to remove bone and cartilage with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues. The surgeon is in complete control of the robot during the entire procedure.
After the surgery, patients may be able to walk, and most patients can return home the following day. The first couple of days are the most painful, and the pain is treated with medication. At first, a walker will be necessary to assist with walking. Patients can typically walk unassisted after two to three weeks. Full recovery can take up to six weeks with the help of physiotherapy to regain full movement of the joint.
To find out if you are a good candidate for Mako robotic hip or knee replacement surgery, contact DOCS Health today.