Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology (Makoplasty) for Total Hip Replacement (Hip Pain)

Hip PainThe orthopaedic specialists at Lafayette General Orthopaedic Center specialize in hip pain relief.  Our surgeons understand that making sure you know what to expect from your total hip replacement or total hip arthroplasty experience is important to you.

Each patient is unique, and can experience joint pain for different reasons. It’s important to talk to your orthopaedic surgeon about the reason for your hip pain so you can understand the treatment options available to you. It is common for patients to try medication and other conservative treatments to treat their hip pain.

If you haven’t experienced adequate joint pain relief with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for Mako total hip replacement, which may provide you with relief from your hip pain.

For patients suffering non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease of the hip who no longer respond to non-surgical treatment, total hip arthroplasty (THA) also known as total hip replacement is often recommended. Yet, despite its safety and long-term outcomes, 90% of total hip arthroplasty (replacement) patients decline surgery.

Conventional hip replacement relies on instrumentation guides or visual assessment for bone preparation and implant alignment. Poorly placed or misaligned implants can lead to damage, wear or dislocation.

MAKOplasty eliminates much of the guesswork of manual hip replacement. The results are more consistently reproducible and more accurate. This maximizes the opportunity for patient satisfaction, and may increase the lifespan of the hip implant. Our orthopaedic surgeons will help you understand the recovery time needed for a hip replacement and how you can maximize the lifespan of your replacement hip.

To learn more or to make an appointment at Lafayette General Orthopaedic Center, call (337) 703-3201.

How Makoplasty for Total Hip Replacement Works

Hip Replacement SurgeryMako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology (Makoplasty) provides you with a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy.

First, a CT scan of the diseased hip joint is taken. This CT scan is uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of your hip is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist your orthopaedic surgeon in performing your total hip replacement surgery.

In the operating room, your orthopaedic surgeon follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for the implant. The surgeon guides the robotic-arm within the pre-defined area and the Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized pre-operative plan was created. This helps to provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant.

Makoplasty Hip Replacement Benefits 

MAKOplasty Total Hip Arthroplasty offers the following key benefits over conventional manual procedures:

  • More Accurate Cup Placement - MAKOplasty enables pelvic cup alignment within 5 degrees of center of rotation and within 2mm of the surgical plan. This reduces potential for impingement, wear and dislocation. Impingement is the #1 cause of failure in total hip arthroplasty.
  • More Accurate Leg Length Restoration - MAKOplasty enables leg length restoration accuracy within 3mm of plan, reducing potential for discomfort and walking complications.

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Hip Replacement is a surgical procedure intended for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease (DJD). Some forms of DJD include osteoarthritis (OA), post-traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), avascular necrosis (AVN) and hip dysplasia.

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It’s important to understand that the hip replacement surgery is performed by an orthopaedic surgeon, who guides the surgeon-controlled robotic-arm during the precedure to position the implant in the hip joint. The Mako Robotic-Arm does not perform surgery, make decisions on its own, or move without the orthopaedic surgeon guiding the robotic-arm. The Mako System also allows your orthopedic surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during the hip replacement surgery as needed with extremely fine precision.

To learn more or to make an appointment at Lafayette General Orthopaedic Center,
call (337) 703-3201.

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