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Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 | February 7th, 2017

mako-knee-jpgIt seems like almost monthly there’s a new tool, or machine, or procedure being created by healthcare technology companies. For the majority of these new developments it is a good thing. These improvements in healthcare technology allow for greater access to more accurate and efficient ways to do things we’ve done for a long time.

The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System is (relatively) new, and one may wonder: Is this just a new “thing” to use during surgery?

Granted, using the Mako System is not for everyone. Your qualified physician can help determine what treatment is best for you. However, minimally invasive procedures like the Mako Surgical System provide several benefits.

First, let me share just a little bit about the device.

Both scans together with borderWe actually have a page on our website that lines up how the Mako System works. You’ll even find a cool little video that illustrates the functionality, which you can find by clicking here. I will give a short synopsis about how it all goes down.

The basic breakdown is that the Mako System allows for a 3D computerized tomography (CT) model to be made of your knee or hip. The model is then used by the surgeon to prepare the bones of your knee or hip for implants. The program essentially lines out an area of the bone to be worked on, and prevents the surgeon from going outside of the area specified. Why does this matter? For several reasons:

  1. The Mako allows for more accurate placement of implants, which can lead to increased lifetime of the implant

  2. Generally better outcomes and faster knee recovery, which means sooner pain relief

  3. Mako uses a smaller incision for surgery which increases recovery time

  4. Shorter hospital stays

  5. Enables the surgeon to target only diseased parts of the knee, saving additional bone mass and tissue

  6. Decreased risk of improper bone and implant contact

We know that many people are hesitant or otherwise unsure about the use of robotics for surgery. However, the really nice thing about the Mako is that the robotic arm cannot move on its own. It has to be physically guided by the surgeon’s hand and helps the surgeon stay within parameters specified by the system.

Of course, in the event that surgical decisions need to be made on the fly, Mako is flexible enough to allow changes to occur.

You can think of the Mako System as the sweet spot between traditional surgeries and robotically controlled surgical instruments. It is a great tool to help surgeons become more effective and efficient in providing care.

Additionally, we are the only facility in the area that has the Mako Surgery System, giving you a greater choice of treatment options here in Bryan/College Station.

We would love for you to come and be a part of our patient family, who has rated us consistently higher than other facilities in the area. If you want to have an excellent patient experience, come and see us!

Are you considering knee surgery in the Brazos Valley? We can help you find a surgeon who can discuss if the Mako System is right for you.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at 979-731-3930.