Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology
What is the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology?
The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology has transformed the way knee replacement surgeries are being performed. The Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology is controlled by the Orthopaedic surgeon, who uses the uniquely designed Mako System software to generate a 3D model of the patient’s knee and creates a pre-operative plan. Mako robotic-arm removes the diseased bone and cartilage and the implant is placed while protecting the surrounding soft tissues.
Why is the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology used?
The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology is designed to aid Orthopaedic surgeons in knee replacement surgery for patients:
- Suffering from severe knee pain due to arthritis.
- Suffering from any knee damage.
- Who have experienced no relief with conservative treatment options.
Based on your clinical examination and investigation reports, your orthopaedic surgeon will decide whether you are a suitable candidate for knee replacement surgery using the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology.
What happens during the procedure?
Prior to surgery, a CT Scan of the diseased knee is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your knee. This will help your orthopaedic surgeon to formulate a personalised pre-operative plan before surgery.
In the operating room, you will be given general anaesthesia and the procedure will be performed through tiny incisions. Your surgeon will control the Mako system and will use the pre-surgical plan during real-time surgery. This guides the surgeon’s cuts within the pre-defined area and prevents moving outside the planned boundaries. The Mako system also allows your surgeon to adjust the surgical plan, if required. The diseased bone and cartilage is then removed while protecting the essential structure of the knee. With accurate precision, the implant is placed and joint is properly balanced. Once surgery is completed, the incision site is closed.
How long will it take?
The duration of surgery depends upon your health condition and how severe the damage is. Your doctor will discuss in detail with you about the procedure.
What happens after the procedure?
After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room and your vital signs will be monitored. You will be encouraged to walk around with assistance on the same day of surgery. Most of the patients go home on the same day or an overnight stay may be advised. Your follow-up visit will be scheduled after discharge to monitor your progress.
Apollo expertise in the procedure
Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology is a breakthrough solution for patients suffering from severe arthritis. With the help of Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology, our Orthopaedic Surgeons at Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai have successfully performed many knee replacement surgeries with greater accuracy and precision.
The new Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology is available at Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai.
How I will be benefited by Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery?
- Enables your surgeon to create a personalized surgical plan.
- 3D model helps your surgeon determine the optimal – size, placement and positioning of implant.
- Provides real-time data to your surgeon throughout the surgery.
- Minimal blood loss and a smaller scar.
- Preserve healthy bone and soft tissue.
- Minimal post-operative pain.
- Shorter hospital stay.
- Quicker recovery.
How do I prepare myself for surgery?
- You will be clinically evaluated and prescribed to undergo few investigations such as blood test, urine tests, X-ray, CT Scan etc.
- You might be recommended other tests depending on your specific medical conditions / illness.
- In case you are obese, you will be asked to lose weight.
- You need to quit smoking and drinking alcohol.
- Keep your doctor informed about any medication being taken by you on regular basis.
- Follow pre-surgical instruction given by your doctor.
Post-surgery, how will I recover?
You will experience an improved quality of life after undergoing knee replacement surgery with the use of innovative Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology.
- Recovery is usually much quicker than traditional knee replacement technique.
- For few days (depending upon your recovery) you will walk with the support of a walker or crutches.
- During your follow-up visit, your doctor will monitor your progress and will recommend investigations like X-ray etc.
- You will be going through at least six weeks of physical therapy; this will help you in recovery process and strengthening your new joints.
- You can return to daily activities such as driving within 4 – 6 weeks after surgery.
UPDATED ON 15/11/2023