MAKOplasty® Total Knee Replacement

What is Mako Total Knee?

Mako Total Knee is the latest technology in total knee replacement which combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically proven GetAroundKnee (Triathlon Total Knee System) enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.

What is Mako Total Knee used for?

It is designed to relieve the pain caused by knee joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis providing patients with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy.

What are the advantages of Mako Total Knee?

  • Superior implant design when compared to traditional knee implants that promotes natural circular motion requiring less muscular effort to flex the knee
  • Precise pre-operative planning using virtual 3D model
  • Accurate implant positioning using advanced robotic technology
  • Quick recovery with faster return to activities of daily living
  • Potentially longer lasting implant

How do you prepare for the surgery?

Prior to surgery, a CT scan of your knee joint will be performed that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique knee anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the Mako System software and is used by your surgeon to create your personalized pre-operative plan.

Does the Mako robotic-arm actually perform surgery?

No, the robotic-arm doesn’t perform surgery, nor can it make decisions on its own or move without the surgeon guiding it.

How is the surgery performed?

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 pre-defined 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.

What is the postoperative care required?

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 are the risks associated with the procedure?

The Mako Total Knee procedure is a highly advanced and very safe procedure with more than 83,000 Mako hip and knee replacements performed around the world since 2007. However, as with any surgical procedure, there is a minimal risk of bleeding, infection, delayed healing or failure to heal.

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  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sutter Health  Alta Bates Summit Medical
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons