J. TOD GHORMLEY, MD, GRANT W. BENNETT, MD, H. SCOTT SMITH, MD
CONWAY ORTHOPEDIC & SPORTS MEDICINE CENTER
How long has Mako robotic orthopedic surgery been available in Faulkner County?
In September of 2018, we began performing hip and knee surgery using the Mako robotic arm-assisted technology at Conway Regional Medical Center. Since that time, more than 500 total Mako procedures have been performed there, including more than 350 total knee replacements.
How does the Mako hip and knee replacement method work?
Mako is a new approach to joint replacement that offers the potential for more precise customized positioning of implants for each patient. A CT scan of a knee or hip is loaded into the Mako system software, where a 3D model is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist us in performing a knee or hip replacement. We can then proceed with or adjust that plan once in the operating room by controlling the robotic arm that helps execute the procedure with greater precision and accuracy.
What are the benefits to using Mako robotic surgery?
The Mako has advantages over the traditional replacements. The only difference patients will notice is that the CT scan will be performed preoperatively. The incision will look the same and we use the same implants. The advantages from a surgeon’s perspective are the precision and intraoperative customization provided by the Mako. Many times, that precision enables us to remove less bone or decrease the amount of soft tissue trauma. For many patients, this may translate into improved range of motion and less time on crutches or a walker. The majority of patients return home the day after surgery.
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