What Is Robot-Assisted Surgery?
Robot-assisted procedures at Orthopaedic Specialists are performed utilizing the innovative Mako SmartRobotics™ system. This advanced technology allows our surgeons to perform joint replacement surgery through the most minimally invasive technique possible. By employing Mako’s CT-based planning software, our team can utilize 3D images of the joint to create a highly customized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy. Your orthopaedic surgeon uses this model to plan for your procedure to ensure the most predictable outcome.
How Does Mako SmartRobotics™ Work?
When performing robot-assisted surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon will follow your CT images and personalized surgical plan as they begin to prepare the bone for the implant. The robotic arm only works when operated by your orthopaedic surgeon, who has received special training in the Mako system. The device is carefully guided by your surgeon throughout the procedure, with the help of AccuStop™ technology to ensure they stay precisely within the pre-planned area.
The Mako AccuStop™ boundaries help your surgeon maintain accuracy throughout surgery, protecting your healthy bone and requiring less cutting overall. Your surgeon will manipulate the robot-assisted arm to position the implant into the joint. If needed, they are able to adjust your surgical plan during the operation to produce the best possible results.
Can Any Orthopaedic Surgeon Use SmartRobotics™?
In order to utilize this technology, surgeons must undergo additional education, training, and certification prior to utilizing SmartRobotics™. Orthopaedic Specialists has the only experienced surgeons in the Quad Cities who are certified to use this technology.
What Surgeries Can Be Done Using SmartRobotics™?
Currently patients are able to undergo a partial knee replacement, total knee replacement, or total hip replacement. As time goes on, it is expected that additional procedures will also be able to be done utilizing this technology.