What is Mako Robotic Surgery or Makoplasty Procedures?

By: Dr. Steven Crenshaw, Dr. Brett Frykberg, Dr. Carl Freeman and Dr. Carlos Tandron

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Makoplasty (Mako) Surgery: Partial Knee Replacement

Mako or Makoplasty are robotic surgical procedures which are performed only at Baptist Downtown Campus.   There are two types of surgeries which can be performed using the Mako robot.  The first procedure is a partial knee replacement.  Specially trained physicians use the Mako robot to replace just one of the compartments of a knee without replacing the entire knee joint.  There are 3 main compartments of the knee.  Medial or inside aspect, lateral or outside aspect and the patellar-femoral aspect which is your knee cap area. 

They use a robot-assisted method that includes a guidance system to help surgeons align components with great precision. MAKOplasty is considered a minimally invasive surgery that shortens hospital stay, aids recovery and restores more natural joint function.  Patients who are eligible for this procedure only have damage to one of the three knee joint compartments.  The damage is usually related to Osteoarthritis.  

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Mako Robotic Knee ReplacementRobotic Assisted Mako Surgery 

The second procedure to be offered with the Mako robot assistance is total knee replacement. The difference with a total knee replacement is that all three compartments of the knee are affected vs. just one compartment with he partial knee replacement. 

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and it occurs when the cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. The symptoms usually develop gradually. At first, there may be soreness or stiffness that seems more like a nuisance than a medical concern. But, paying attention now can help you avoid pain later.  

The common symptoms are sore or stiff joints in the hip, knee or low back after inactivity or overuse.  Stiffness after resting that goes away after some type of movement.  The pain is usually worse after an activity or toward the end of the day.  Only a trained physician can make an appropriate diagnosis.  JOI physicians are the most experienced robotic surgeons in Northeast Florida. 

Robotic Surgery: Total Hip Replacement

The third procedure which can be performed with the assistance of the Mako robot is a total hip joint procedure.  One major advance in hip surgery is the surgeon’s use of a precision-enhancing robotic arm to more accurately place the new parts and prevent complications. 

JOI specially trained surgeons are able to plan the surgery and implant components with greater accuracy and optimal alignment using a robotic arm as an extension of their hands. 

The new systems also allow for 3-D visuals using the patient’s CT scan to better guide the surgery.  With the assistance of a CT Scan and the Mako robot, a more precise placement of the prosthesis is achieved.  This procedure is only available at the Baptist Main Hospital in downtown Jacksonville.  

JOI MAKO Robot perform MAKOplasty, a minimally invasive surgery that shortens hospital stay, aids recovery and restores more natural joint function.Image of MAKO Robot

Physical Therapy after Joint Replacement

The Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute is certainly a leader in the use of the Mako Procedure in the North Florida Region. JOI remains dedicated to innovative technology and advancements in all areas of orthopedic care. JOI combines innovative technology, joint camp education and advanced rehabilitation to achieve superior clinical outcomes.  

If you want to learn more about Mako or Robotic total joint replacement, visit: Makoplasty robotic total knee replacement.

To schedule an appointment with a JOI Joint Replacement Specialist, call 904-JOI-2000, schedule online, or Click HERE.

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