There Are So Many Benefits to This Innovative Procedure
Has your doctor suggested that Mako robotic-arm assisted knee replacement surgery might be the answer to your knee pain? If so, you probably have a lot of questions. So, we’re providing answers to some of the most common questions that patients ask.
What Exactly Is Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery?
At Kayal Orthopaedic Center, we are always in search of the next best technique, procedure or equipment that will improve outcomes for our patients. Since its arrival, the Mako system has transformed the way we perform some knee (and hip) reconstruction surgeries. Based on your specific diagnosis and anatomy, Mako will create a patient-specific, 3D plan that uses a CT scan to guide the process. This allows your surgeon to put your new knee in place virtually prior to your surgery. Once it’s in the proper position, the plan can be used during surgery. And, as a result, your new knee will be custom fit!
What Are the Benefits of Knee Surgery With Mako?
A major advantage of Mako is greater surgical precision. The system allows your surgeon to be as precise as possible when removing diseased or damaged bone. This helps preserve healthy bone and soft tissue. It also helps your surgeon accurately place and align your new knee. Other advantages include shorter hospitalization times and a speedier recovery. Plus, the Mako system can improve your outcomes and your quality of life. Surgery with the Mako system is minimally invasive, which means smaller incisions that result in less muscle injury and less soft tissue damage.
Will the Robot Perform My Surgery?
We can assure you that the robotic-arm does not perform surgery, make any decisions on its own or move without your surgeon’s guidance. Your surgeon will guide the robotic-arm within a pre-established area, which helps your doctor stay within the boundaries defined in your patient-specific pre-operative plan. If fact, if your surgeon’s hand moves away from the design, the robot will shut off. This results in improved accuracy and less-invasive surgery. With your surgeon’s guidance, the Mako robotic-arm will remove diseased bone and cartilage and then insert your partial or full knee replacement. Your surgeon is always in control and can make adjustments, if needed.
Does This Surgery Make Sense for Me?
A robotic-arm assisted hip or knee replacement can be a game changer when you suffer from chronic pain due to degenerative, rheumatoid or post-traumatic arthritis. It also can be the answer if you suffer from deformity, stiffness, instability, limp or difficulties in your activities of daily living. Your surgeon will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for this surgery.
What Can I Expect After My Surgery?
After surgery, your surgeon and other members of your care team will set specific goals for you. You’ll start by walking on the same day as your surgery. And if you’re like most patients, you’ll only spend a day or two in the hospital and will be back to your normal routine within four to six weeks. The exact amount of time depends on your health and the extent of your surgery.
Will My Health Insurance or Medicare Cover It?
Just like we do with standard knee surgeries, we will preauthorize the Mako surgery with your insurance. Medicare does, indeed, cover this procedure.
Are you interested in learning more? Schedule an appointment by calling 844.777.0910 or by contacting us through our website.