Can anyone have Stryker Mako robotic-assisted surgery?

Knee and hip surgery has come a long way.  Today, orthopaedic surgeons are able to use a Mako robotic arm or conventional open surgery to position an artificial joint replacement in a hip or knee.

Both robotic-assisted surgery with Mako arm (sometimes called Mako surgery) and traditional techniques for total hip replacement and knee replacement have very good results and offer numerous benefits to the patient both during and after surgery.

However, as everyone is unique, no single approach is a one-size-fits-all solution to all conditions requiring surgery.

Your orthopaedic surgeon will work closely with you to create a treatment plan that will be effective for your unique requirements.

As a result, your surgeon may recommend against robotic-assisted knee or hip replacement surgery if you:

  • Are not fit to undergo an anaesthetic
  • Can’t have a CT scan for any reason
  • Have had previous surgery that distorts your bone anatomy or already have an implant
  • Have an active infection in your limb
  • Have some previous ligament injuries

Your health and wellbeing is the most important factor that comes into play when deciding whether a traditional or robotic-assisted surgery is best for your hip or knee replacement. The decision comes down to the treatment that will give you the best outcome for your health.

You should discuss with your orthopaedic surgeon whether robotic-assisted surgery is appropriate for you and raise any questions or concerns that you do have so that you can feel comfortable with the chosen method.

Your orthopaedic surgeon’s experience is important to any surgery that you choose. As one of the top orthopaedic surgeons in Newcastle and the Hunter who specialises in knee and hip replacement surgery, Dr Stuart MacKenzie uses both traditional and robotic-assisted surgery to help patients get moving again.

For more information on the benefits and the process involved in robotic-assisted hip or knee surgery call 02 4963 3393 or click on the image below to receive your free specialist guide on Robotic Assisted Surgery: Understanding New Technologies for Knee and Hip Replacement.

1 Jun 2017

Published by Stuart MacKenzie

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