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People used to put off joint replacement surgery for as long as possible because the process meant intense pain, lengthy recovery times, and less predictable outcomes.

Today, medical advancements, especially with robot-assisted technology, have made joint replacement procedures easier for the patient. They also provide far better and more reliable outcomes, so there’s less reason to wait to ease your pain, improve your mobility, and restore your quality of life.

At Elevate Surgical in Ogden, Utah, Thomas Calton, MD, specializes in hip and knee replacement surgery. If your knee or hip pain no longer responds to conservative therapies, here’s how the Mako SmartRobotics™ system can help us provide error-free joint replacement surgery.

Introducing Mako SmartRobotics

First, it’s important to note that the Mako robot itself does not perform surgery. Instead, Dr. Calton guides the robot throughout the entire procedure, a process referred to as “robotic-arm assisted surgery.”

There are different types of robotic surgical systems. However, many are large, and the surgeon controls the robot from a nearby computer console. Unlike these systems, Mako is approximately the size of a shopping cart and has one large robotic arm.

During a Mako joint replacement procedure, Dr. Calton performs your surgery at your bedside while guiding the robotic arm. This approach provides greater accuracy and precision, thanks to the robotic arm’s advanced technology and dexterity.

But the advantages of Mako come into play long before you enter the operating room.

Mako provides better planning

Everyone has different joints and anatomies, making it challenging to address all of the specifics of a patient’s bones and soft tissues. Mako changes that.

When you have a Mako-assisted joint replacement, your surgery starts before you even reach the operating room. That’s because Mako has cutting-edge planning software that’s based on a CT scan, which creates a detailed 3-D model of your joint before Dr. Calton makes a single incision.

A Mako 3-D model can capture:

  • Bone structure
  • Joint alignment
  • Disease severity
  • Surrounding tissue and bone

All of this information helps Dr. Calton plan your entire procedure in advance, including placement, optimal size, and alignment of your new joint implant.

Mako offers greater accuracy and precision

For your procedure, Dr. Calton links your knee to the CT scan in Mako’s robotic “brain.” With this advanced technology in place, Dr. Calton can guide the robotic arm and its surgical tools with greater precision. Mako also comes with AccuStop™ technology, which helps surgeons stay within the preplanned and defined boundaries outlined in the preoperative plan.

Not only does Mako’s advanced technology provide greater accuracy in placing and aligning your new joint replacement, but it also helps avoid unnecessary bone and soft tissue damage. Furthermore, patients treated with this system often have less bleeding, less pain, and faster recovery times.

You can also rest easy knowing that Mako SmartRobotics technology still allows Dr. Calton to make adjustments to your surgical plan if needed, even while it’s underway.

To see if you may be a good candidate for a Mako SmartRobotics hip or knee replacement, call (801) 758-0206 to book an appointment with Elevate Surgical today.

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