Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mako?
Stryker’s Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Surgery™ is the next generation of robotic surgery and joint replacement. The robot offers a higher level of customization and accuracy for implant alignment and positioning within a total hip, total knee or partial knee replacement.
How do I set up a surgery?
Request an appointment with one of Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley’s Mako-certified doctors to see if a Mako Total Hip, Total Knee or Partial Knee robotic-arm assisted surgery is right for you.
What are the advantages of the robot?
The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan that uses a CT scan to guide the reconstruction plan, taking into account each patient’s specific anatomy and ligament balance, to complete the surgery with a high degree of accuracy. The surgeon guides the Mako Robotic-Arm within the predefined area and the Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined in the patient-specific pre-operative plan. The computer navigated surgery also protects the patient against soft-tissue damage with its high level of accuracy.
Who should get this surgery?
Total hip, total knee and partial knee replacement is intended for use in individuals with joint disease resulting from degenerative, rheumatoid and post-traumatic arthritis. It is also intended for those suffering from moderate deformity of the knee or hip.
Please schedule a consultation with your doctor to see if the Mako Total Hip, Total Knee, or Partial Knee robotic-arm assisted surgery is right for you. Call us today to request an appointment for your consultation at (920) 560-1000, or visit www.osifv.com.
Is Mako covered by health insurance?
Please check with your health insurance provider to verify your specific coverage.
How long has the Mako procedure been available?
The first Mako procedure was a partial knee replacement performed in June 2006. Since that time, more than 83,000 Mako hip and knee replacement procedures have been performed around the world.
Does the Mako robotic-arm actually perform the surgery?
It’s important to understand that the Mako Robotic-Arm doesn’t actually perform surgery. Surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon, who uses the Mako System software to pre-plan your surgery. During surgery, the Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined in the personalized pre-operative plan. Your orthopedic surgeon will guide the Mako Robotic-Arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage. Then the surgeon will insert the full or partial knee or hip replacement.
How long do knee implants last?
Each person is unique in their anatomy and recovery time; not all patients will have the same postoperative recovery and activity level. The lifetime of a knee replacement is not infinite and varies with each individual person. To enhance the recovery process patients will be given access to OSI’s state of the art Recovery Inn facility.
What can I expect following surgery?
After surgery, your surgeon, nurses and physical therapists will set goals with you to get you back on the move. They will closely monitor your condition and progress. Your surgeon may review a post-operative X-ray of your new knee with you.
Where is the surgery performed?
The Mako Robotic-Arm surgery is performed at OSI’s main campus, 2105 E. Enterprise Ave., Appleton, WI 54913
Who is OSI?
Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley (OSI) is based in Appleton, Wisconsin and first opened its doors in 2006. OSI brings together everything necessary for non-surgical, surgical and post-surgical orthopedic care in one place including an ambulatory surgery center, physician clinics, physical therapy, MRI, orthotics and pain management, as well as the nation’s first Recovery Inn dedicated to orthopedics.
What is the Recovery Inn?
Recovery Inn is the first-of-its-kind recovery facility, dedicated to superior care for joint replacement recovery. It has the look and feel of a five-star hotel, all while providing personalized care to ensure complete healing for patients. Patients that receive Mako joint replacement surgery will be given access to the Recovery Inn. Click here to learn more about Recovery Inn.