Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology (MAKOplasty®) 

Robotic Knee SurgeryMAKOplasty is a patient-specific, robotic arm procedure for partial knee replacement, total knee replacement and total hip replacement. It is designed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration. By targeting only the damaged part of the knee, your surgeon can repair the knee while sparing healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it. In hip replacement cases, the robotic arm helps provide unprecedented surgical accuracy. A hip replacement by the surgeons with the Lafayette General family is second to none.

We understand that making sure you know what to expect from your joint replacement experience is important to you.   

Each patient is unique, and can experience joint pain for different reasons. It’s important to talk to our orthopedic specialists about the reason for your joint pain so you can understand the treatment options available to you.

MakoplastyIt is common for patients to try medication and other conservative treatments to treat their hip pain or knee pain. If you haven’t experienced adequate joint pain relief with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for Mako total hip replacement surgery, total knee replacement surgery or partial knee replacement surgery, which may provide you with joint pain relief.

To learn more or to make an appointment at Acadiana Orthopedic Center at Lafayette General,
call (337) 706-1300.

How does Mako Technology (MAKOplasty) work?

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology provides you with a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy. First, a CT scan of the diseased hip or knee joint is taken. The CT scan is uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of your hip or knee is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your hip replacement or knee replacement surgery.

In the operating room, your orthopedic surgeon follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for the implant. The orthopedic 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.

In a laboratory study, Mako Total Knee Technology demonstrated accurate placement of implants to a personalized surgical plan. This study also showed Mako total knee replacement demonstrated soft tissue protection to the ligaments around the knee.  In patient and laboratory studies on Mako total hip replacement and partial knee replacement, Mako Technology demonstrated accurate placement of implants to a personalized surgical plan.

Partial Knee Replacement vs. Total Knee Replacement

Based on the severity of the arthritis in your knee, total or partial knee replacement may be recommended by your surgeon. Your surgeon will determine how much of the joint needs to be replaced based on scans. Both procedures involve the orthopedic surgeon guiding the Mako Robotic-Arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage. Your knee pain will be a thing of the past.

Joint Replacement

Mako robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Depending on where the arthritis affects the knee, patients may have an implant inserted in any of the following areas:
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Partial Knee Replacement Personalized Planning

Knee Injury CT ScanPartial Knee Replacement

In comparison, Mako robotic-arm assisted total knee replacement is a treatment option for adults living with mid to late-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. With Mako total knee replacement, the entire knee joint is replaced and the orthopedic surgeon inserts a knee implant.   

Total Knee Replacement Personalized Planning
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Total Hip Replacement 

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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Hip Injury CT ScanPersonalized Total Hip Replacement

It’s important to understand the MAKO robotic-arm assisted surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon, who guides the robotic-arm during the surgery to position the implant in the knee and hip joints. The Mako Robotic-Arm does not perform surgery, make decisions on its own or move without the orthopedic surgeon guiding it. The Mako System also allows your orthopedic surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed.

To learn more or to make an appointment at Acadiana Orthopedic Center at Lafayette General,
call (337) 706-1300.