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Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery

Partial & Total Joint Replacement Surgeries

Advances in surgical technology have made joint replacement operations safer and more convenient for patients. The Mao Robotic-Arm is a revolutionary tool that allows surgeons at Opelousas General Health System to perform more precise and minimally invasive joint procedures.

Benefits of Mako Robotic-Arm surgery include:

  • A more personalized surgical experience
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Surgeries can be performed with more accuracy and precision
  • Faster patient recovery following surgery

Who Needs Joint Surgery?

Most people experience joint pain at some point in their lives. Many things can cause joint pain, many of which can be treated using noninvasive methods like medication and physical therapy. Surgery should only be used as a last-resort treatment when these more conservative options can’t provide the pain relief you need. If you are struggling with joint pain and have not found success through other treatments, you may be a candidate for Mako surgery.

How Mako Works

The Mako Robotic-Arm was designed to create a truly personalized surgical experience. Before your operation, a CT scan is taken of the joint that will be operated on. The images from the scan are uploaded to the Mako System, which creates a 3D model of the joint. The surgeon uses this model as a guide to prepare for the surgery.

After your surgeon has had ample time to prepare a plan, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment for surgery. Your surgeon will control the robotic-arm using a control panel and use it to perform the operation. The Mako Robotic-Arm is steady and precise – capable of moving smoothly through confined spaces without disturbing the surrounding areas.

Total & Partial Knee Replacement

Pain from knee arthritis is often treated with surgery when less invasive methods no longer work. Either all of or part of the knee may be removed depending on how severe the damage is. Mako Robotic-Arm can be used for partial knee replacement if the arthritis has not yet progressed to all three compartments o the knee. If the arthritis has damaged more than three parts, Mako can be used for a total knee replacement procedure.

Total Hip Replacement

Mako Robotic-Arm assisted surgery can also be used in total hip replacement procedures.

Hip conditions that can be treated with the Mako Robotic-Arm include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Hip dysplasia

Keep in mind that the robotic arm only assists with surgery. All of its movements are controlled by a specially trained surgeon who performs the operations.