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How a Mako® Total Knee Replacement Surgery Works

How a Mako® Total Knee Replacement Surgery Works

If your knees break down due to injury or wear-and-tear, a total knee replacement procedure can get you back to moving freely without pain or restriction. And, patients who need a total knee replacement procedure should know about advances in robotic surgery technology.

At Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, we offer Mako® Total Knee Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery. Our team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons located in Shrewsbury, Toms River, and Wall Township, New Jersey, take advantage of state-of-the-art technology to minimize the invasiveness of your surgery. 

We work with the Mako system to reduce your recovery time and the overall risks of your procedure for quicker, surer healing.

Let Dr. David B. Dickerson and the team at Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine take you through how a Mako total knee replacement (TKR) surgery works! Once you understand the procedure, and how technology improves Dr. Dickerson’s ability to place your implants with precision, you’ll know more about whether TKR surgery could be right for you.

When you need a new knee

If you’re an adult with knee osteoarthritis, a TKR is your best option for improving your quality of life. TKR can also help with other types of damage to your knee joint. The team at Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine use Mako imaging technology to learn more about your knee structure and treatment needs before considering surgery.

The Mako system creates a completely customized surgical treatment plan, mapping out the best way to perform your TKR with minimal invasiveness and maximized chances of full success. A CT scan of your knee, uploaded into the Mako system, gives us complete, accurate visualization of the treatment area.

The team at Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine benefits from a fully three-dimensional imaging model of your unique surgical plan. This allows Dr. Dickerson to study the situation from all angles before beginning your surgical procedure.

Guiding your knee replacement procedure

In a TKR surgery, Dr. Dickerson removes and replaces both parts of the ball-and-socket structure that forms your knee joint. Once it’s time for your surgery, Mako robotic-arm technology interfaces with the modeling plan for your unique procedure.

Dr. Dickerson receives multiple types of feedback and support from the Mako system during your procedure. Mako technology gives him visual data, auditory information, and physical support to complete your surgery efficiently and accurately.

Dr. Dickerson prepares the area of your knee to receive the total knee implant, removing diseased bone and cartilage as planned. He preserves healthy bone as much as possible, and minimizes damage to your nearby soft tissues with robotic surgery techniques.

Robotic surgery with the Mako system also allows Dr. Dickerson to precisely position each component of your replacement joint, optimizing fit so you’ll have a wide range of smooth motion in your knee after recovery. 

Finishing your knee replacement

After your new knee components are correctly placed, Dr. Dickerson closes the incision, and it’s time for your recovery to begin. The Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine team works with you every step of the way as you recover postsurgery, and get used to your new, rejuvenated knee.

To learn more about how you can benefit from total knee replacement surgery with the Mako robotic surgery technology system, contact Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine today. Schedule your initial consultation appointment online or over the phone now.

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