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Robotic Joint Replacement (MAKOplasty) Has Many Benefits - Is it Right for You?
Robotic Joint Replacement (MAKOplasty) Has Many Benefits - Is it Right for You?

If you are looking for a way to return to physical activities that you enjoy but have had to give up on due to degenerative joint disease of the knees and hips, this state-of-the-art technology may be just the right option for you.

MAKOplasty is a surgical procedure that makes use of a robotic arm to perform minimally invasive highly accurate knee and hip replacement using a three-dimensional computer-generated model of your joint created from CT scan imaging. The procedure is ideal for patients suffering from early and intermediate stage osteoarthritis of the knee. The 3D model allows the surgeon to develop a precise plan to resurface only the damaged portion of the knee while sparing healthy bone. The robotic arm helps your doctor place the implant accurately, allowing real-time adjustments for improved kinematics and soft tissue balance. In addition, because most of the healthy bone is spared, a total knee replacement can also be performed at a later date if required.

For patients suffering from degenerative joint disease of the hip, the MAKOplasty procedure gives the surgeon the opportunity to map out the hip replacement surgery in great detail before performing a single incision. The precision of the robotic arm ensures highly accurate implant placement while working through small incisions with improved safety, greatly reduced risk of injury to surrounding tissues, and equal leg lengths eliminating the need of a shoe lift. The potential for long term function is also greatly increased.

Other benefits of MAKOplasty include less scarring due to the small incisions, faster recovery and healing due to minimal tissue injury, shorter hospital stays, and a more natural feeling joint due to the highly accurate implant placement.

The decision to undergo surgery is not an easy one, but with so many obvious benefits, MAKOplasty may be a better alternative than older treatment measures.

Dr. Domb is a nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, shoulder, and knee. A noted pioneer in advanced new techniques in hip arthroscopy, he delivers innovative treatments for patients with hip injuries such as impingement and labral tears. Dr. Domb is also an expert in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, adept in specialized techniques including arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and all-inside ACL reconstruction.

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