Mako™ Knee Replacement
If you have been diagnosed with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the
knee, you may be a candidate for a Mako Partial or Total Knee Replacement.
Offered at Southeast Georgia Health System, Mako is an innovative robotic
arm-assisted technology that is transforming the way joint replacement
surgeries are performed.
In 2008, board-certified
Denny A. Carter, M.D. and Beau Sasser, M.D. were among the first physicians in the country
to conduct partial knee resurfacing procedures using Mako robotic-arm
technology. Since then, our orthopaedic surgeons have successfully completed
hundreds of Mako partial knee replacements at Southeast Georgia Health System.
In 2018, total knee replacements using the Mako technology became available
at the Health System. This technology makes total joint replacement precise
and preserves healthy bone and tissue.
The Mako procedure uses a computerized 3-D model of the patient’s
knee to create a personalized surgical plan. With the robotic arm’s
real-time surgical feedback, surgeons resurface the knee, leaving healthy
bone and tissue untouched and remove only diseased bone. An implant is
aligned and placed in the joint with reproducible precision, which can
result in a more natural feeling knee and movement.
Who are candidates for Mako Partial and Total Knee Replacement?
Determining whether you need a partial versus total knee replacement is
based on arthritis pattern and patient-specific symptoms. But in general,
you may need to consider surgery if you experience:
- Pain while standing or walking short distances
- Knee swelling
- Knee locking or giving out during activity
- Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments such as rest, weight loss,
physical therapy, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
What are the benefits of Mako Partial and Total Knee Replacement?
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker rehabilitation
- Reduced pain
- Increased mobility
How do I get started with a Mako Partial or Total Knee Replacement?
For more information about Mako Partial or Total Knee Replacement, please
call us at 912-466-2323 or toll free at 1-800-537-5142, ext. 2323.
Virtual Health Chat Webinars
Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology Part 1: Knee Replacement
Arthritis is the nation’s most common cause of disability, but thanks
to advancements in robotic surgery
joint replacement techniques, people suffering from arthritis can consider a knee replacement
without the extended downtime or increased risk of traditional surgery.
Denny A. Carter, M.D., and Beau Sasser, M.D., board-certified orthopaedic
surgeons at Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery, a strategic
affiliate of the Health System, discuss Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted
Technology in this webinar.