How Mako SmartRobotics™ is Revolutionizing Orthopedic Treatment

There are several fields where advancements in robotic technology have made a major difference in our world, and the realm of orthopedic treatment and orthopedic surgery is a great example. In particular, a technology known as Mako SmartRobotics™ has become extremely popular and useful for knee replacement and other forms of orthopedic surgery over the last few years.

At The Orthopaedic Center, we’re proud to offer a wide range of orthopedic surgeon services to patients around Tulsa, including the use of Mako SmartRobotics™ for certain orthopedic surgery procedures. Here are some basics on what the Mako SmartRobotics™ system is, some of the key features that make it so useful, and some of the advancements through the years that have improved this technology and made it more and more robust for patients.

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What is Mako SmartRobotics™ for Orthopedic Surgery?

For those who are entirely unfamiliar with this area of technology, Mako SmartRobotics™ is essentially a robotic arm that is attached to the operating table during orthopedic surgery procedures. It’s known for its high level of precision and accuracy when it comes to making cuts or incisions, particularly in procedures where small errors can lead to major issues with recovery and overall outcomes.

The Mako system uses advanced computer software that creates a 3D model of the patient’s specific joint anatomy before the surgery even begins. This allows our surgeons to plan out the procedure in great detail ahead of time and make precise adjustments based on each individual’s unique anatomy.

Key Features

There are several important features or components that make Mako systems so effective:

  • 3D imaging: As we noted above, the Mako system uses advanced imaging software to create a 3D model of the joint anatomy. This allows for better planning and more precise cuts during surgery.
  • Implant size assistance: The Mako system also includes software that helps our surgeons determine the appropriate size and placement of implants, based on the patient’s specific anatomy.
  • Real-time adjustments: During surgery, the Mako system allows our surgeons to make real-time adjustments if necessary. This is particularly useful for procedures where small changes can have a major impact on outcomes.

Modern Mako Advancements

Over the years, the Mako SmartRobotics™ system has undergone several advancements and upgrades that have only improved its capabilities. These include:

  • Surgical navigation upgrades: The Mako system has undergone multiple upgrades in terms of surgical navigation, meaning surgeons now have even more accurate and comprehensive information at their disposal during procedures.
  • Enhanced implant compatibility: As new orthopedic implants are developed, the Mako system continues to evolve and become more compatible with these new advancements.
  • Improved precision: Thanks to ongoing research and development efforts, the Mako system is now able to make even more precise cuts and adjustments during surgery, leading to better outcomes for patients.
  • AI integration: One of the most exciting recent advancements in Mako technology is the integration of artificial intelligence (AI). This allows for even more precise planning and adjustments during surgery, leading to improved patient outcomes.

Direct Benefits of Mako SmartRobotics™ for Orthopedic Surgery

There are several specific benefits that patients can enjoy when undergoing orthopedic surgery using the Mako SmartRobotics™ system, including:

  • Improved accuracy: As we’ve noted, the Mako system boasts an extremely high level of precision and accuracy, leading to better outcomes for patients.
  • Faster recovery times: Because Mako technology allows for smaller incisions and more precise cuts, patients typically experience faster recovery times after surgery compared to traditional methods.
  • Less pain and scarring: Smaller incisions also mean less trauma to the surrounding tissue, leading to less post-operative pain and scarring.
  • Personalized treatment: With 3D imaging and real-time adjustments, each patient receives a highly personalized treatment plan tailored specifically to their anatomy. This improves overall outcomes and reduces potential complications.

What to Ask About

If you’re considering orthopedic surgery and are interested in the use of Mako SmartRobotics™, some important questions to ask your surgeon include:

  • How much experience do you have using the Mako system?
  • What specific advancements and features does your facility offer?
  • How long has your facility been utilizing the Mako technology?
  • Can I see any before and after examples or patient testimonials from previous Mako procedures?
  • What kind of recovery time can I expect with this technology compared to traditional methods?

As robotic technology continues to advance, it’s likely that we will see further improvements to the Mako system and other similar technologies. This means even more precise, personalized, and successful outcomes for patients seeking orthopedic treatment.

At The Orthopaedic Center, we’re committed to staying at the forefront of these advancements and providing our Tulsa patients with the best possible care. If you have any questions about Mako SmartRobotics™ or any other orthopedic treatments, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information. We’re here to help you get back on your feet and live a pain-free, active life.

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