The Mako robot is a great piece of orthopaedic technology. It's the most evidence supported orthopaedic robot in the world, with over 1 million joints implanted, making it one of the market leaders for multiplatform orthopaedic robotics.

As a multiplatform robot, it means it can do numerous tasks, rather than being only able to do one type of joint replacement. Currently it is able to help surgeons perform Total hip, Total knee and partial knee replacements, with software for shoulder replacements available in 2025, and work being done on ankle replacements for the future.

So, how does the technology work?

First of all we get a CT scan so the robot understands the exact bone contours of your personal joint, as well as other aspects such as how your pelvis moves between sitting and standing, as well as the centre point of your hip and ankle. Next the robotic software makes a 3 dimensional model that your surgeon and the Mako Product Specialist position the implants on, making precise assessments on where the bone is and where the implants need to be placed. During surgery pins are placed in the bone and ‘arrays’ are placed so that the robot knows where the joint is in space, and several marks are checked inside the joint with the robot to ensure your joint exactly matches up with the robots 3D image. Once the robotic image and the live image match up, fine adjustments are made to the plan as we balance the ligaments, and then the robot is brought in to make the extremely accurate cuts. The robot is then used to either position the implant or make final checks, and once all is confirmed the robot is removed and the wound is closed.

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So, what are the advantages for you?

Data is constantly being collected and published on this technology to establish its benefits, and as more cases are being done, the more literature we have available. For hips there are articles suggesting that more accurate placement of the acetabular component may lead to a reduction in dislocations, that limb length accuracy is preserved, and that there may be a reduction in pain and opioid consumption in the first few weeks. For knee replacements, there is reproducible accuracy of implant placement, and again there may be a reduction in pain and opioid consumption in the first few weeks. Definitive evidence on whether this correlates with greater patient satisfaction in the long term or the implants lasting longer is as yet unproven, but the early data is encouraging.

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Overall achieving accurate implant positioning is important to ensure we are doing our best to deliver patients with reproducible outcomes. Robotics is a modern way we can deliver this accuracy, with potential benefits to both the surgical team and patient recovery.

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We have much more information to give you about robotic joint replacements!

If you wish to discuss this further please call the reception team on 07 4128 0736 and they’ll be happy to help.

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