What is Robotic Surgery?
Stryker has worked with Surgeons to develop initiative products to be utilised in the field of orthopaedics. Mako robotic-arm assisted technology can be used for total hip, partial knee and total knee replacements. This is for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease. Mako technology provides me with a specific CT-based 3D model of your unique anatomy and assists me in focusing on removal of diseased bone, helping preserve healthy bone and assisting me in the positioning and precision placement of the implant more accurately.
What does Mako consist of?
It all begins with a CT-based scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. The virtual model is loaded into the Mako system software and is used to create your personalised preoperative plan. Mako allows me to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed. During the surgery I guide the robotic-arm within the pre-defined area so that only damaged bone is removed and the implant is aligned with pinpoint precision.
When was the first Mako performed?
The first Mako knee and hip replacements were performed in Florida in 2006 and 2010 respectively.
What are the advantages of Mako Robotic Surgery?
- Less pain than traditional hip or knee replacement surgery
- More accurate than traditional hip or knee replacement surgery
- Less blood loss
- Less muscle and tissue trauma • Faster Recovery • Shorter hospital stay
- Reduced hip or knee dislocation risk – okay to cross legs – okay to lie on either side
- No wedge between legs necessary • More rapid recovery to full function
- More rapid return to driving • Can often walk the day of surgery
- Reduced requirement for crutches
Does the robot perform the surgery?
The surgery is performed by me using the robotic-assisted arm, with the guidance of the CT-cased model which is programmed into the Mako system.
Are there any risks with Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery?
All surgery carries risks and these will be discussed at your consultation prior to surgery. Clinical studies show Mako can help to reduce certain risks including more accurate alignment of hip implants based on the surgical plan, a reduced risk of blood loss and less likelihood of hip dislocation.
Do I qualify for robotic-arm assisted surgery?
If you are experiencing severe hip or knee pain due to a degenerative condition such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, you may be offered hip or knee replacement surgery, this will be discussed at your consultation.
Where is the robot based?
Spire South Bank Hospital, 139 Bath Road, Worcester, WR5 3YB
How do I book a consultation or read more about Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery?
To book a consultation contact:
Mr Nadim Aslam, Orthopaedic Robotic Surgeon, of the Worcestershire Knee & Hip Clinic