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Our orthopaedic specialists are at the forefront of the latest advancements in total knee replacement surgery — including robotic arm-assisted technology.
This innovative approach, called Mako total knee replacement, provides patients with a personalized surgical solution based on their diagnosis and anatomy. Advantages over traditional total knee replacement surgery include:
Less invasive procedure
More precise alignment of the implant
Reduction in the amount of bone removed
More natural circular motion
Less disruption to soft tissue around the knee
A CT scan of the knee joint generates a 3D model of the patient’s unique anatomy. Our orthopaedic surgeons use this model, along with sophisticated software, to create each patient’s pre-operative plan. In the operating room, the surgeon guides the robotic arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage, and then inserts a total knee implant. The Mako system allows the surgeon to make adjustments, if necessary, during the procedure.
Karen Gamperl and her husband both needed new knees. Orthopaedic surgeon Hue Luu, MD, recommended robotic-arm assisted total knee replacement. This innovative approach offers many benefits, including natural motion of the joint after recovery. "I can't tell it's not my real knee," Karen says. "It was a fantastic procedure for me." Seeing his wife's success, Michael has the same surgery two months later. And now that they can climb the stairs more easily, they've decided to stay in their split-level home.Read more of Karen's story
Katherine Krol’s right knee started hurting nine years ago. She powered through the pain and sought some initial treatment, but the pain returned and was soon intolerable. It was after a friend recommended Phil Nigro, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon, that she was ready to have knee replacement surgery to rid her of constant pain.Read more about Katherine's story