What is Precision Joint Replacement? How is it Different from Traditional Joint Replacement Surgery?
Recent advancements in orthopedics have brought revolutionary changes in joint replacement procedures. Computer-assisted equipment – using CT-scanned 3-D modeling and robotic arm technology – now allows for a much higher level of precision, smaller incisions and much faster recovery. Customized implants mirror the surface contours of your knee to help provide greater coverage and implant fit.
Traditional Knee Replacement vs. Personalized MAKOplasty® Implants
There are many different types of knee procedures that vary according to your individual needs and treatment options. Depending on your circumstances, you may require either a total knee replacement or a partial knee replacement (either bicompartmental or unicompartmental). Click here to learn more about your knee anatomy and surgical options.
The following illustrates three different patients, used to demonstrate the overriding differences between the traditional knee replacement and personalized implant procedures:
With personalized implants, only the arthritic portion of the knee is resurfaced. This preserves healthy bone and tissue, giving you more options for the future. Implants are optimally positioned in the hip or knee joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.
Traditional Hip Replacement vs. Personalized MAKOplasty® Implant Procedure
A recent study by Massachusetts General Hospital found that with traditional hip replacement surgery, the ball and cup placement was aligned incorrectly 50% of the time.
The personalized MAKOplasty® Implant Procedure was developed to achieve much greater accuracy. Even a few millimeters off can mean unnecessary pain for the patient. To learn more about your hip and the MAKOplasty technology, click here.
In Utah, joint replacement surgery with this level of precision is now available at the Hofmann Arthritis Institute. Advanced technology allows our surgeons to align the bone and implant with a degree of accuracy that was not possible before. The computer gives detailed information allowing balance between the ligaments before surgery so that the first incision is precise. The opening itself is much smaller than traditional procedures of the past, which means less scarring, discomfort and time spent in hospital recovery.
When combined with the experience and skill of a Hofmann Arthritis Institute surgeon, MAKOplasty® creates a visual map of the bone and then utilizes robotic assistance to place the implants in the precise anatomic location. In most cases, this leads to a shorter recovery, equal leg lengths, improved motion, and improved long-term outcomes and longevity of the hip replacement.
- Faster, easier recovery
- Shorter hospital stay – average is around 1 to 3 days
- Smaller incision and less scarring
- Improved ease of movement
- Improved surgical outcomes
The only clinic in Utah with this state-of-the-art technology
Hofmann Arthritis Institute is the only Utah Valley clinic that offers this innovative, state-of-the-art technology to our patients. Our hip, shoulder, and knee replacement surgeons bring you revolutionary changes to traditional joint replacement surgery. Our precision joint replacement approach uses robotic arm and CT-scanned 3-D modeling that allows for precision joint replacement. Customized implants are designed to perfectly mirror the contours of your knee, which leads to greater implant fit.
This technology is provided by MAKOplasty®, the industry leader in precision joint replacement. As a knee or hip arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty® is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers. Read more about MAKOplasty or call our office today at (801) 355-6468 to schedule an evaluation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the technology and procedure.
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