Major advances have been made in the area of minimally invasive surgery, and one of these is the MAKOplasty Total Hip Replacement procedure. This advanced surgical technique uses a proven technology called the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. Yuma Regional Medical Center is the only hospital between Phoenix, AZ and San Diego, CA that utilizes this technology. Your surgeon will advise you as to whether this treatment option is right for you.
Here are some commonly asked questions about the MAKOplasty procedure:
What are the advantages of MAKOplasty?
RIO® assists the surgeon in achieving optimal results at a level of precision previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation. This advanced technology can reduce the likelihood of hip dislocation and allows for more consistency in leg length, potentially decreasing the need for a shoe lift after surgery. It can also reduce the risk of the implant rubbing against the bone, which may improve the lifetime of the hip replacement. Another key advantage of MAKOplasty is that it enables the surgeon to customize the procedure to adapt to your unique anatomy. Overall, patients may experience less implant wear and loosening, less scarring, reduced blood loss, minimal hospitalization and a more rapid recovery.
How does MAKOplasty work?
Before surgery, a computed tomography (CT) scan is taken, which the RIO system uses to create a virtual 3-D anatomical model of your hip. This model allows the surgeon to plan the placement and alignment of your hip implants prior to surgery.
During surgery, specialized software provides the surgeon with real-time information to enhance optimal positioning and alignment of the implant. The surgeon then guides the robotic arm to prepare the hip socket and accurately place the implants.
How long will I be in the hospital?
Many patients only require a one-night stay following their MAKOplasty Total Hip Replacement procedure, but your surgeon will determine the length of hospital stay that’s best for your particular needs.