If you experience severe joint pain in your hip or knee, have degenerative joint disease, or are dealing with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, MAKO robotic-arm assisted surgery can provide relief. It’s based on your unique anatomy and uses robotic-arm assisted technology to offer many benefits which may include smaller incisions, less scarring, less pain, shorter hospital stays, and more rapid recovery. UofL Health -- Jewish Hospital is home to Louisville’s first MAKO robotic arm-assisted technology.
If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for the MAKO procedure, prior to your surgery date you will have a CT scan performed. This is used to create a 3-D model of your joint. The surgeon uses MAKO software with information from the model to plan your surgery based on your unique anatomy.
During surgery, the software provides real-time information to optimize implant positioning and alignment, and the robotic arm is used to prepare your socket and guide accurate placement of the implants. This can be difficult to achieve using traditional surgical techniques without the robotic arm system.
Stryker acquired MAKO Surgical Corporation, a pioneer in the advancement of robotic-arm assisted orthopedic surgery, in December of 2013. Stryker’s MAKO robotic-arm assisted reconstructive surgery is transforming orthopedics, combining Stryker’s market-leading implants with MAKO's proprietary robotic-arm and tactile guidance system technology.
Over 65,000 MAKO hip and knee procedures have been performed since 2006.