South County Hospital

Mako for Total Hip Replacement

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South County Hospital was the first hospital in Rhode Island and New England to offer Mako for hip replacement. Most experienced Mako surgeons in Rhode Island.

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A New Level of Precision

Mako Hip is an innovative total hip replacement surgery that is performed using a highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system. It can be a treatment option for people suffering with either non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease, and is designed to assist surgeons in attaining a new level of reproducible surgical precision in hip surgery.

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint consisting of the spherical head of the femur, or thighbone, which moves inside a cup-shaped hollow socket in the pelvis called the acetabulum. When cartilage in the hip wears down, bare bone is exposed. When bone-on-bone contact occurs within the joint it causes pain that can be felt in the groin, outside the hip, at the base of the spine, or radiating from the thigh to the knee. Hip implants reconstruct a bearing surface to replace lost cartilage and prevent painful bone-on-bone wear. Total hip replacement consists of removing diseased bone in the acetabulum, which is fit with a cup and liner, and replacing the femoral head with new head and stem components.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The goal of using robotic arm technology to perform hip replacement is to attain consistent precision in surgery. Accurate placement and alignment of implant components are a critical factor in hip replacement.

Mako Hip helps the surgeon place the implants in the desired location, providing a good, stable biomechanical reconstruction and acceptable leg length restoration. It is performed with the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. RIO enables surgeons to use a 3-D anatomic reconstruction based on a CT scan of the patient’s own hip to pre-surgically plan implant positioning. During the surgery, it provides real-time data for intra-operative adjustments to further enable surgeons to optimally align and position implants, and accurately reproduce the surgical plan.

How Mako works

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology is used for partial knee replacement, total knee replacement, and total hip replacement. The Mako technology provides your surgeon with a specific 3-D model of your anatomy to allow for a personalized surgical plan. Here's how it works:

1. Your Personalized Plan: It all begins with a CT scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the Mako system software and is used to create your personalized pre-operative plan.

2. In the operating room, your surgeon will use Mako to assist in performing your surgery based on your personalized pre-operative plan. The Mako system also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed. When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the Mako system guides the surgeon within the pre-defined area and helps prevent the surgeon from moving outside the planned boundaries. This helps provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant.

3. After surgery, your surgeon, nurses and physical therapists will set goals with you to get you back on the move. They will closely monitor your condition and progress. 

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Clinical Data Proves Benefits of Mako total hip replacement

Recently released clinical research data confirms what many orthopedic surgeons recognized early on: Mako offers significant improvement in patient outcome for total hip replacement, total knee replacement, and partial knee replacement because of the technology. These improved outcomes result from superior implant positioning, which directly affects patient mobility, implant longevity, and patient satisfaction. The studies compared Mako with “manual” procedures at a number of highly-regarded U.S. hospitals, performed by some of the most respected orthopedic surgeons in the country. 

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