Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery in Alabama
Southern Orthopaedic Surgeons is the only practice in Central Alabama specializing and performing total and partial total joint surgeries using Mako SmartRobotics™. The Mako is an innovative solution using 3D CT-based planning software so your surgeon can know more about your anatomy to create a personalized joint replacement surgical plan.
What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?
Joint replacement surgery is a surgical procedure in which a diseased or damaged joint is replaced- partially or totally- with an artificial joint called an implant. Made of metal alloys and high-grade plastics (to better match the function of bone and cartilage, respectively), the implant is designed to move much like a healthy human joint.
How Does Mako Technology Work?
It all begins with a CT scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the Mako System software and is used to create your personalized pre-operative plan.
In the Operating Room
In the operating room, your surgeon will use the Mako System to assist in performing your surgery based on your personalized pre-operative plan. When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the surgeon guides the robotic arm within the predefined area and the Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized pre-operative plan was created. The Mako System also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed. In a laboratory study, Mako Technology demonstrated accurate placement of implants to a personalized surgical plan.
After surgery, your surgeon, nurses, and physical therapists will set goals with you to get you back on the move. They will closely monitor your condition and progress. Your surgeon may review a post-operative x-ray of your new knee with you.
What Types of Surgeries Do Southern Orthopaedic Surgeons Perform with Mako?
Our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons utilize Mako to perform the following procedures:
- Total Hip Replacement
- Total Knee Replacement
- Partial Hip Replacement
- Partial Knee Replacement