This is Mako….
Mako is a robotic-arm assisted technology that helps surgeons provide patients with a truly personalised surgical experience. The Mako robot allows us to place the knee replacement on a 3D model of the patients own anatomy, constructed from a CT scan.
This model is then matched to the real anatomy at the start of the operation. The system enables us to assess the stability of the patients knee and ligaments, and by manipulating the position of the implants in the virtual model, we can adjust the overall balance of the knee throughout movement.
Once the ideal position has been decided upon, the robotic arm then ensures that we make the cuts with a very high degree of accuracy to place the implant exactly where we planned. The overall effect is to enable us to place the knee in with very high accuracy and to ensure the knee is a close to normal biomechanical function as possible.
The Mako robotic assisted knee replacement results in a knee that feels more normal to the patient than with traditional methods and a resultant higher satisfaction level for patients.