Orthopedics

Mako Creates a Perfect Fit in Hip/Knee Replacement

Ascension Borgess Hospital is the only area provider of robotic-arm assisted total knee and total hip replacements with the Mako System.

Ascension Borgess Hospital Offers Joint Replacement With Mako

Contact Information

To schedule an appointment with an Ascension Borgess orthopedic physician to discuss your treatment options, please call 269-343-1535.

Orthopedic Surgeons using Mako at Ascension Borgess Hospital

Nicholas Miladore, MD
Nicholas Miladore, MD
Mark Noffsinger, MD
Mark Noffsinger, MD
Thomas Ryan, MD
Thomas Ryan, MD
Todd Ream, MD
Todd Ream, MD

Why Mako

Robotic-arm assisted surgery is a new approach to joint replacement that offers the potential for a higher level of patient-specific implant alignment and positioning. The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan and perform joint replacement surgery using a surgeon controlled robotic-arm that helps the surgeon execute the procedure with a high degree of accuracy.

The Mako Total Knee application treatment is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to arthritis. 

Each patient is unique and can experience joint pain for different reasons. It’s important to talk to your orthopedic physician about the reason for your joint pain so you can understand the treatment options available to you. Pain from arthritis and joint degeneration can be constant or come and go, occur with movement or after a period of rest, or be located in one spot or many parts of the body. It is common for patients to try medication and other conservative treatments to treat their knee pain. If you haven’t experienced adequate relief with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for Mako Total Knee, which may provide you with relief from your joint pain.

How Mako Technology works

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology provides you with a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy. First, a CT scan of the diseased  knee joint is taken. This CT scan is uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of your knee is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your joint replacement procedure.

In the operating room, your surgeon follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for the implant. The surgeon guides the robotic-arm within the pre-defined area and the Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized pre-operative plan was created.

This helps the surgeon to focus on removal of diseased bone, helping preserve healthy bone, and assists your surgeon in positioning the total knee implant based on your anatomy.

It’s important to understand that the surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon, who guides the robotic-arm during the surgery. The robotic-arm does not perform surgery, make decisions on its own, or move without the surgeon guiding the robotic-arm. The Mako System also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed.

For more information or to see if joint replacement is right for you, call to schedule a consultation with an Ascension Borgess orthopedic physician at 269-343-1535.