Your knee is central to nearly every activity of daily living– walking,
running, yoga, playing golf, swimming, bike riding, playing with the grandkids
and more. Your pain may be constant or episodic. It may occur with movement
or after a period of rest. Either way, this pain and the loss of mobility
can be remedied.
There have been many surgical advancements in total knee arthroplasty,
but the most recent advancement – Mako’s Robotic-Arm Assisted
Technology – is transforming partial and total joint replacement
surgery. The physician creates a 3D image of your knee, which allows him
to custom-fit the new joint based on your specific anatomy and diagnosis.
During surgery, he guides the robotic arm, which accurately and precisely
places and aligns the new joint. Here’s a more detailed look at
how it works:
First, a CT scan of the diseased knee joint is obtained. This CT scan is
uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of your knee
is created. It is then used to create a personalized surgical plan. Virtual
implants are then placed on your 3D model providing a new level of preoperative planning.
In the operating room, adjustments can be made to your plan based on your
ligament structures prior to bony preparation. Your surgeon then finalizes
and follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for
the implant. The surgeon guides the robotic arm to remove the diseased
bone and precisely align and place your new knee joint. As an additional
benefit, the system provides haptic boundaries which protects essential
anatomic structures of the posterior knee including the PCL and popliteal artery.
MAKO’s robotic arm adds a level of accuracy and precision that is
not possible to achieve with the human eye or hand. Benefits of a MAKO
knee surgery include:
· Personalized surgical plan based on CT data
· More precise and accurate implant placement
· Preservation of bone and soft tissue
· Protection of surrounding nerves, arteries, and veins by computerized
· Improved alignment that can lead to improved longevity of components
Ready to explore?
When you’re ready, Baton Rouge General is proud to offer the first
and only robotic knee replacement technology in Baton Rouge. To learn
more about your knee surgery options and Mako technology, call (225) 763-4298.
Understanding Knee Joint Replacement
How does Mako Work
Jared L. Braud, MD
Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic