It 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.
We 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:
The Mako allows for more accurate placement of implants, which can lead to increased lifetime of the implant
Generally better outcomes and faster knee recovery, which means sooner pain relief
Mako uses a smaller incision for surgery which increases recovery time
Shorter hospital stays
Enables the surgeon to target only diseased parts of the knee, saving additional bone mass and tissue
Decreased risk of improper bone and implant contact