Robot-Assisted Knee Replacement
...because you've got a LOT more walking to do.

Offer Total and Partial Knee Replacement with Innovative Robot-Assisted Technology

Healthy KneeThe knee is made up of three segments:

  • Medial compartment (inside the knee)
  • Lateral compartment (outside of the knee)
  • Patella compartment (top of the knee, also known as the kneecap)

Arthritis and joint degeneration can affect one, two, or all three compartments, but only one area needs to be compromised to cause significant pain. Upon referral from the patient's physician, the surgeon will evaluate the patient to identify the source of the pain to determine if a joint replacement is appropriate, and if so, which type.

Total Knee Replacement

Scans used in Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Total Knee ReplacementTotal knee replacements are performed when all three parts of the knee are significantly damaged. Robot-Assisted Total Knee replacement can be an excellent treatment option for mid to late-stage osteoarthritis (OA). Providence Health is proud to be the first to offer this to the Midlands for Total Knee Replacement.

The Mako Robot implants a single radius knee implant, which is designed to complement the knee's natural circular motion. This single radius design requires less effort from the thigh muscle (the quadriceps) in recovery, which can reduce the time needed to return to normal activities.

To replace the total knee joint with this artificial implant, the surgeon pre-plans the procedure using an interactive 3D model of the patient's actual knee. This allows the surgeon to map out the course of the procedure with advanced precision specific to the needs of the patient's damaged joint and surrounding healthy bone and tissue.

The surgeon then follows this personalized surgical plan to prepare the bone for the implant, guiding the robotic-arm within the measurements pre-defined in the plan. If changes are needed during the procedure, the surgeon has full control to make adjustments. 

For implanting the new joint, the Mako System provides real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing and implant positioning, which can result in more natural knee motion for the patient following surgery.

Partial Knee Replacement

With Partial Knee Replacement, only the damaged area of the knee joint is replaced, which may help to minimize trauma to healthy bone and tissue. Also used to relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA), candidates for partial replacement may display less joint degeneration than those who qualify for total knee replacement. Surgeons using robotic arm-assisted technology can selectively target the damaged part(s) of the knee, sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.

Diagram of partial knee replacement segments

Just as with the total replacement, the surgeon uses the robot's interactive 3D model created from actual scans of the patient's knee to pre-plan the procedure in advance. The surgeon then follows this personalized surgical plan, guiding the robot within the pre-defined measurements in the pre-operative plan. The surgeon has full control to make adjustments as needed throughout the procedure, as well.

It is the surgeon who performs the procedure. The robotic arm is simply an innovative tool to help provide advanced precision.

For robotic-assisted total or partial joint replacement, make an appointment with one of the surgeons who can perform the procedure. You may need a referral from your physician, depending on your insurance provider.

Call 800-424-DOCS for a list of Mako Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement surgeons in the Midlands.  

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