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Considering Knee Replacement? Consider This.

man holding his knee

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:

Before surgery

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.

During surgery

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.

After surgery

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 cutting boundaries
  • 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.

Additional Information:

Understanding Knee Joint Replacement

How does Mako Work

Jared L. Braud

Jared L. Braud, MD
Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic

Phone: (225) 924-2424