Mako Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery in Decatur and Hartselle, Alabama
At DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, experienced physicians use leading advancements in medical technology to provide premium patient services. This includes Mako computer- and robotic-assisted hip and knee surgery. Serving patients across Decatur and Hartselle, Alabama, the surgical team is experienced in using this equipment during joint replacements. Find out more about Mako SmartRobotic technology and how it benefits orthopedic patients.
Orthopedics and Mako SmartRobotic Technology
Orthopedic surgeons receive extensive training in their specialty. In this branch of healthcare, these professionals are dedicated to treating injuries and disorders within the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is well-equipped to perform surgical procedures using traditional and advanced methods.
Mako SmartRobotic technology helps enhance surgical procedures. Using 3D, computerized tomography (CT)-based planning software, this technology provides the surgeon with a detailed view of the patient’s anatomical structure. Then, they use this image to create a personalized surgical plan for replacing the joint.
During the procedure itself, the equipment is fully controlled by the orthopedic physicians – not the other way around. AccuStop technology ensures the surgeon stays within the predefined area to help protect healthy bone while allowing the person in control to make adjustments to the surgical plan during the procedure, if necessary.
Advantages of Computer- and Robotic-Assisted Hip and Knee Surgery
Aside from creating a more predictable surgical experience, Mako SmartRobotic technology is preferred for several reasons. Research shows that this type of surgery yields less blood loss, greater preservation of healthy bone structures, and lowered recovery times for many patients. Specific to Mako-assisted knee surgery, benefits may include:
- More accurate surgical plans
- Less damage to soft tissue and ligaments
- Less pain several months after surgery
There are also several benefits associated with Mako-assisted hip surgery, such as:
- More accurate placement and alignment of hip implants
- Less likelihood of hip dislocation
- Replication of natural hip feeling
Mako Joint Replacement at DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
At DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, joint replacement surgery is recommended for several conditions. Mako hip replacement surgery is designed for most patients with inflammatory and non-inflammatory degenerative joint disease (DJD). This includes the following ailments:
- Osteoarthritis (OA)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Hip dysplasia
- Post-traumatic arthritis
- Avascular necrosis (AVN)
Mako knee replacement surgery suits most patients with mid-to late-stage osteoarthritis. This procedure may involve partial or total replacement, during which the surgeon uses robotic technology to remove damaged bone and cartilage. Types of knee surgery include:
- Unicondylar knee replacement: This procedure involves replacing a single area of the joint. An implant is used to replace the damaged compartment and restore functionality.
- Bicompartmental knee replacement: During this procedure, two areas of the joint are replaced. This typically involves the inside of the knee (medial region) and kneecap.
- Patellofemoral knee replacement: Surgeons replace the kneecap and lower end of the thigh bone (femur) during this procedure.
Diagnosing and Treating Joint Conditions
DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine prides itself on the level of detail and personalized care the team provides to each patient. Patients are individually evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon and the course of treatment depends on several factors, such as the health of the patient, the joint’s condition, and the progression of the disease. If the condition hasn’t responded to non-invasive treatment methods, computer- and robotic-assisted hip and knee surgery may be recommended.
Orthopedic specialists start by reviewing the patient’s medical history, taking into account possible risk factors. They will also review the patient’s symptoms, as well as the condition’s impact on joint functionality and quality of life, and perform a physical examination. Medical images will also likely be ordered, such as:
- X-rays: This type of imaging shows dense bone structures. X-rays are often taken from several different angles to provide a broad view of the area.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans: Designed to show soft tissues in the joint, MRIs give the physician a more detailed view of the area.
Learn More about Mako Joint Replacements
A dedication to quality and safety is at the forefront of every procedure. With an experienced surgeon at the helm, computer- and robotic-assisted hip and knee surgeries foster more positive patient outcomes. For more information about DOC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, contact us today in Decatur or Hartselle, AL.