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Is the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery Right for You?

If you are in need of hip or knee replacement surgery, you must know all your available options. There are various types of surgery and each offers many benefits and some drawbacks. The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery is one option for patients in the Fox Valley, and here’s what you should know as you decide what options are best for you and your specific needs.

What is the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery?

The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery is designed to be the perfect companion to an orthopedic surgeon. During surgery, the medical professional will use the robotic arm to complete several tasks. By using the arm, it helps the surgeon be more precise and accurate during the surgery.

How Does it Work?

When utilizing the Mako Robotic Arm during surgery, there are several additional steps that must be completed prior to the procedure. The first step is the surgeon creates a plan for the arm. He or she typically uses a CT scan to create the plan specific to the patient. During the actual procedure, the arm is used to assist throughout the surgery and to follow the plan that was created prior to the surgery.

What are the Benefits of Using Robotic Arm During Surgery?

While there are many benefits to this type of surgery, one of its greatest advantages is it provides for more accuracy and precision than a human medical professional can provide. It also creates better control during the surgery, which results in fewer mistakes and better results.

Am I Eligible?

The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery may not be ideal for all patients. While it has many benefits and several medical professionals use this procedure, you will need to meet with a surgeon for a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. You will want to discuss the benefits and the drawbacks of this type of surgery and also how it can affect your specific recovery time.

Before your consultation, you should also have a list of possible questions to ask the medical professional to make sure this is the best option for you. A few questions to consider are:

  • How will this surgery affect my recovery?
  • Will I have a large incision?
  • Will using the robotic arm affect the length of the procedure?
  • What are possible complications from using this surgery?

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery certainly offers many benefits and can be an excellent option if you want a little peace of mind knowing there is the potential for more control and fewer errors during your procedure.

Starting Your Total Joint Replacement Journey

To find out if robotic surgery is right for you, get started by requesting a consultation with one of the joint replacement specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI). Please call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online. OSI is Northeast Wisconsin’s exclusive provider of Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for Hips & Knees.

OSI has convenient locations to serve you. The campus in Appleton includes a clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a skilled nursing facility, as well as a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries.

OSI has outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.

OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.