Total Hip Replacement with Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery

If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from pain caused by arthritis or an injury to the hip, and you haven't experienced adequate relief with conservative treatment options, Mako SmartRobotics™ may be right for you.

Is Mako SmartRobotics™ an option for me?

Mako Total Hip is for:

  • People with severe hip pain or stiffness resulting from noninflammatory degenerative joint disease (including osteoarthritis, traumatic arthritis and avascular necrosis), rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis
  • Those who haven't experienced adequate relief with conservative treatment options, like bracing, medication or joint fluid supplements

How does Mako Technology work?

1. Personalized Surgical Plan

Prior to surgery, a CT scan of your hip joint is taken to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. The 3D model allows your surgeon to know more about your joint and see things they can’t typically see with an X-ray alone. This additional information helps your doctor determine the desired size, placement and positioning of your implant.

2. Arthritic Bone Removal

In the operating room, your surgeon guides Mako’s robotic arm to remove the arthritic bone and cartilage from the hip. Mako’s AccuStop™ haptic technology provides tactile resistance that guides your surgeon to precisely cut what’s defined in your surgical plan to help protect your healthy bone.

3. Range-of-motion Assessment and Implant Placement

As your surgeon prepares to place the implant into its final position, the robotic arm guides the implant at the desired angle defined in the surgical plan. This helps ensure placement and alignment of the implant are performed according to your surgeon’s plan.

Throughout your procedure, Mako SmartRobotics™ provides real-time data to your surgeon. This allows them to continuously assess the movement and tension of your new joint and adjust the surgical plan if desired.

arthritic hip
An Arthritic Hip with Diseased Cartilage
A replaced hip with a hip implant
A Replaced Hip with a Hip Implant

Frequently Asked Questions

Medical professionals contributed to these answers, but these FAQs are not a substitute for medical advice from your own doctor. Make sure to discuss all questions and concerns with your doctor to see if Mako SmartRobotics™ is right for you. Consider taking these discussion questions with you to your doctor’s appointment.

How long has the Mako SmartRobotics™ procedure been available?

The first Mako procedure was performed in 2006. Through 2019, more than 400,000 Mako Total Knee, Mako Partial Knee and Mako Total Hip procedures have been performed.

How long will I be in the hospital?

Most people spend one to four days in the hospital. Depending on your particular surgery and recovery, your team will help decide what's best for you.

When can I get back to normal activities?

Most people who undergo hip replacement surgery and participate in a physical therapy regimen prescribed by their doctor return to their light day-to-day activities within three to six weeks of surgery, but everyone is different. Your doctor will help determine a plan best suited for your recovery and your lifestyle.

What activities will I be able to do after surgery?

Realistic physical activities following hip replacement surgery include walking, swimming, golfing, driving, light hiking, biking, dancing, and other low-impact sports.

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