Total Knee Replacement with Mako SmartRobotics

Suppose you have tried more conservative choices, like physical therapy, topical creams, and injections, for your knee pain and are considering a total or partial knee replacement. In that case, we want to explain why you want to choose a muscle-sparing approach like the ones with Mako SmartRobotics at Tidewater Orthopaedics. 

Each patient has a unique anatomy and experiences joint pain for different reasons. Pain from joint degeneration or arthritis can be consistent or flare up occasionally - it can come from different parts of the knee depending on the patient's activities and rest. And just like you, your knee replacement must be customized to ensure it's the right fit. 

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With Mako SmartRobotics, our surgeons can plan for better outcomes, like shorter recovery times and less pain than manual knee replacement procedures. 

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Why Mako SmartRobotics Makes Surgeries Better

You might be wondering why the Mako SmartRobotics system helps so much with our surgery results. First, it's important to know that the Mako SmartRobotics system does not perform the surgery. Instead, our award-winning surgeons perform the surgery using the Mako Robot. 

It starts with a CT scan of your knee so your surgeon can learn more about your specific anatomy. That CT scan is then used to help the surgeon create a plan for surgery using a 3D CT-based model of your knee. This 3D model personalizes your surgical plan and will assist your surgeon in performing your procedure. 


During your surgery, your surgeon follows the plan and guides the Mako to the predefined area. Mako's AccuStop technology helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries. Because of the planning and technology, the precision your surgeon has is unmatched and aids them in making the replacement a success. Most patients are up and walking on their new knee the same day and get to go home to begin recovery. 

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