Mako Robotic Partial Knee Replacement

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Robotic-arm assists surgeon in customizing replacements to your unique anatomy

The Mako procedure can be used for a partial knee replacement to relieve pain caused from degeneration of the knee joint. 

 Henry Ford’s Center for Joint Replacement at our West Bloomfield Hospital is one of the few medical facilities to use this new innovative technology.

Mako is a robotic-arm assisted technology that helps your surgeon develop a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy. By selectively targeting the part of your knee that is damaged, your surgeon can replace the diseased part of your knee while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.

How does the Mako technology work? 

It all begins with a CT scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the Mako system software and is used to create your personalized preoperative plan.

In the operating room, your surgeon will use Mako to assist in performing your surgery based on your personalized preoperative plan. The Mako system also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed. When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the Mako system guides the surgeon within the pre-defined area and helps prevent the surgeon from moving outside the planned boundaries. This helps provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant.

You are usually able to go home the same day as your surgery. Some patients may require an overnight stay for hospital-based physical therapy.

Benefits of Mako Partial Knee Replacement

Robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement can:

  • Facilitate precise implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee
    following surgery
  • Result in a shorter hospital stay and more rapid recovery than traditional knee
    replacement surgery
  • Alleviate arthritic pain

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