MAKOplasty joint replacement is a type of robotic-assisted surgery that is used to replace hip and knee joints that have been damaged by advanced arthritis. It is a minimally invasive procedure that uses advanced technology to provide patients with highly improved outcomes and faster recovery times.
If you are considering MAKOplasty joint replacement, here are some things you should know about this state-of-the-art procedure.
1. What Is MAKOplasty Joint Replacement?
MAKOplasty joint replacement is an innovative form of robotic-assisted surgery designed to improve the accuracy and precision of traditional hip and knee replacements, and partial knee replacements. The highly skilled orthopedic surgeon guides the robot-arm system in the delicate removal of only diseased tissue and placement of the artificial joint. Anyone who undergoes surgery faces risks, however, for patients who undergo MAKOplasty joint replacement, the robotic assistancemay reduce some of those risks.
2. What Are the Benefits ofMAKOplasty Joint Replacement?
The use of robotics in MAKOplasty allows for enhanced precision during surgery, resulting in an exact placement and alignment of the artificial joint. This can reduce potential complications, such as misalignment, loosening, and dislocations which can lead to pain or instability after surgery.
Another potential benefit of a MAKOplasty joint replacement is that a partial knee replacement joint may feel more natural compared to how a total knee replacement would feel, which is often a general principle seen with partial knee replacements.
Studies have shown that patients who undergo MAKOplasty joint replacement may enjoy the benefits of joint replacement longer than their counterparts, as the high precision can minimize wear and tear on the joint.
Overall, MAKOplasty joint replacement patients can have a better feeling in their new joints and have shorter hospital stays as well as less blood loss, pain, and scarring.
3. Who Is a Good Candidate for MAKOplasty?
Good candidates for MAKOplasty include patients who suffer from advanced osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. These patients experience bone-on-bone friction in their joints, which causes severe pain and stiffness. In addition, they also find that conservative treatment options like physical therapy no longer provide relief. Your orthopedic surgeon will determine if the procedure will benefit you by assessing your overall health and wellness as well as your determination to remain consistent with your physical therapy and rehabilitation program after surgery.
4. What Are the Risks Involved with MAKOplasty Joint Replacement?
As with any surgery, MAKOplasty joint replacement does carry risks, such as infection, blood clots, nerve damage, implant failure, and dislocation. However, a highly experienced MAKOplasty joint replacement surgeon can help minimize these risks through careful pre-surgical planning and proper postoperative care instructions.
5. What is Recovery Like After MAKOplasty Joint Replacement?
Recovery times varies depending on which joint is replaced. Patients who are in otherwise good health are usually able to return home on the same day or the next day after surgery. You can get up and walk around with assistance when you wake up from surgery. Complications can delay recovery, which is why it is important to follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions that are specific to you and your condition. Many patients can walk without assistance after a short time following MAKOplasty joint replacement.
If you would like relief from painful arthritis symptoms and to return to your physically active lifestyle, consult an orthopedic surgeon that is highly trained and experienced in MAKOplasty joint replacement.
Orthopedic Surgeon for MAKOplasty Joint Replacement in Raleigh, Durham, and Apex, NC
Dr. Brett Gilbert is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who is trained and experienced in state-of-the-art MAKOplasty joint replacement procedures, including partial knee, total knee, and total hip replacements.He also performs revision surgery to correct problems with older joint replacements.
Dr. Gilbert is widely respected in the medical community and has won many awards for his commitment to providing high-quality and compassionate orthopedic care. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gilbert, call our office today at (919) 788-8797 or use our appointment request form. We look forward to serving you!