Recently, Dr. Jason Vourazeris, orthopedic surgeon at Ortho El Paso performed the first Mako Robotic Assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty conducted at Del Sol Medical Center-El Paso.
Mako Robotic-arm Assisted Surgery is a technology allows the surgeon to use a CT scan to create a 3D virtual model of your knee’s unique anatomy. The uniquely detailed and personalized view enables him or her to create a surgery plan that can be adjusted if necessary during the surgery. Mako's software guides the robotic arm to precisely remove bone and cartilage.
While the surgeon remains in complete control, the technology provides the following benefits:
- Can be used for partial or total knee replacements
- Helps create a personalized surgical plan
- Gives your surgeon real-time sensory feedback
- Helps ensure proper preparation of the bone
- Allows for precise placement of the implant
- Produces minimal blood loss and a smaller scar
- Helps preserve healthy bone and soft tissue
- Results in less post-operative pain than manual techniques
- Provides a quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay
Recovery is usually quicker than it is with traditional knee replacement methods. You may be able to walk just hours after your surgery, and you’ll probably be able to return to your everyday activities in 1-4 weeks. The exact amount of time depends on your health and the extent of your surgery.
Who makes a good candidate for Mako robotic-assisted knee replacement? If the following apply to you, you may want to talk to our surgeon about this technology:
- Knee pain or stiffness with activity or when getting up from a sitting position
- Inadequate response to non-surgical treatments such as anti-inflammatory medication
For more information on this innovative, state-of-the-art surgical technology with many benefits and more rapid healing, contact our office for a consultation with Dr. V. Call 915-249-4000.