Mako™ Total Hip Replacement
Hip replacement surgeries have been performed since 1960, with more than
300,000 total hip replacements performed yearly in the United States according
to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Since 1960, advancements
in hip replacement techniques and technologies have improved the procedure
and effectiveness for surgeons and patients.
Southeast Georgia Health System is the first hospital in the Southeast
Georgia region to offer Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery, a new approach
to traditional total hip replacements. Denny A. Carter, M.D. became the
first orthopaedic surgeon on the Brunswick Campus to use the highly advanced,
surgeon-controlled robotic arm system when performing a total hip replacement
in October 2015.
A Mako procedure starts with a pre-operative CT scan of the patient’s
hip. From the scan, a 3-D virtual model of the patient’s unique
hip anatomy is generated. This model is loaded into the Mako system software
and used to create a personalized surgical plan. During surgery, the highly
advanced, physician-controlled robotic arm provides real-time visualization
and measurements, enabling surgeons to make adjustments as needed and
to control implant placement. Surgeons can now achieve previously unmatched
levels of personalization and reproducible precision in hip implant position
and alignment to fit the patient’s unique anatomy.
Who are candidates for Mako Total Hip Replacement?
Orthopaedic surgeons evaluate each individual patient based on pain and
disability, regardless of age or weight, but candidates are typically
those who have:
- Hip pain that limits everyday activities, such as walking or bending
- Hip pain that continues while resting, either day or night
- Stiffness in a hip that limits the ability to move or lift the leg
- Inadequate pain relief from anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy or
What are the benefits of Mako Total Hip Replacement as compared to traditional
- Improved surgical outcomes
- Enhanced gait
- Consistency in leg length
- Increased longevity of the implant
How do I get started with a Mako Total Hip Replacement?
For more information about Mako Total Hip Replacement, please call us at
912-466-2323 or toll free at 1-800-537-5142, ext. 2323.
The Perfect Fit
Healthy Partners, Summer 2016
New robotic technology for total hip replacement uses real-time data and
precision imaging for more accurate joint replacement — and better
results. Read our featured article in the Summer 2016 issue of Healthy Partners!