What is Mako robotic arm assisted surgery?

This technology provides your surgeon with a personalised surgical plan optimised for your unique anatomy, and then ensures the surgeon executes the operation perfectly. First, a CT scan of the diseased joint is undertaken, which is uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of your hip or knee is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan your operation and then assist your surgeon in performing your joint replacement.

This kind of technology has been partly used for some years to help plan where to place a prosthesis, however this has only been previously based on the patient’s anatomy present. The new Mako technology now allows your surgeon to further refine the position of the prosthesis, based on the unique way that your joints move. 
In the operating theatre, your surgeon takes your personalised surgical plan and moves your joint through a full range of motion all the while capturing more data regarding joint motion and tensions in the soft tissues such as ligaments. This allows the surgeon to take into account the complex interaction of the shapes of the joint surfaces on the bones and ligaments and adjust the position of the new joint accordingly. Having established what they consider to be the best position for the prosthesis the surgeon guides the robotic-arm within the predetermined areas of the joint where the machine only allows bone cutting where planned, and only in safe zones, to accept the new replacement in a perfectly placed position. In laboratory and clinical studies, Mako Technology demonstrated very accurate placement of implants, in the hip and knee, according to a pre-operative and intra-operative personalised surgical plan. This study also showed that Mako Total Knee replacement demonstrated soft tissue protection to the ligaments around the knee since much less retraction (pulling) on the soft tissues is needed to expose the joint to the surgeon, and the burr or saw on the robotic arm simply switches off if anywhere apart from the correct position- it cannot be used to cut in the wrong or a dangerous position.
 

Mako robotic arm assisted technology for partial knee replacement

Each patient is unique and can experience joint pain for different reasons. It’s important to talk to us about the reason for your knee pain so you can understand the treatment options available to you. Pain from arthritis and joint degeneration can be constant or come and go, occur with movement or after a period of rest, or be located in one spot or many parts of the body. It is common for patients to try medication and other conservative treatments to treat their knee pain. If you haven’t experienced adequate relief with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for Mako Partial Knee replacement, which may provide you with relief from your knee pain.

Mako robotic arm assisted technology for total knee replacement

We understand that making sure you know what to expect from your joint replacement experience is important to you. As you are reading through this material, if you have additional questions please reach out to us to discuss.
Each patient is unique, and can experience joint pain for different reasons. It’s important to talk to us about the reason for your knee pain so you can understand the treatment options available to you. Pain from arthritis and joint degeneration can be constant or come and go, occur with movement or after a period of rest, or be located in one spot or many parts of the body. It is common for patients to try medication and other conservative treatments to treat their knee pain. If you haven’t experienced adequate relief with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for Mako Total Knee replacement, which may provide you with relief from your knee pain.
 

Mako robotic arm assisted technology for total hip replacement

We understand that making sure you know what to expect from the joint replacement experience is important to you. As you are reading through this material, if you have additional questions please reach out to us to discuss.
Each patient is unique and can experience joint pain for different reasons. It’s important to talk to us about the reason for your hip pain so you can understand the treatment options available to you. Pain from arthritis and joint degeneration can be constant or come and go, occur with movement or after a period of rest, or be located in one spot or many parts of the body. It is common for patients to try medication and other conservative treatments to treat their hip pain. If you haven’t experienced adequate relief with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for Mako Total Hip replacement, which may provide you with relief from your hip pain.
 

Jo underwent a knee replacement in early 2018 with Mr Jonathan Webb. She had her surgery at the Fortius Joint Replacement Centre with the Mako robot, the latest innovation in robotic assisted surgical technology. Read about her remarkable recovery.
Healthcare leaders Fortius Clinic and Bupa announce the first-of-its-kind partnership with the official opening of the centre, which will provide hip and knee replacements using the latest ground-breaking robotic technology.
Richard underwent a right partial knee replacement for osteoarthritis at the Fortius Joint Replacement Centre in Spring 2018.

Find out more

Visit our specialise patient information website. You will find information on your pre-admission appointment, the day of your surgery, pain relief and anaesthesia, after your surgery, your first six weeks at home, your follow up appointment, information for your nominated carers or companions, FAQs and your joint replacement exercise programme.

How to find us

Fortius Joint Replacement Centre

Fortius Joint Replacement Centre at Bupa Cromwell Hospital
164-178 Cromwell Road
Kensington
London
SW5 0TU

0203 195 2442

Our Fortius Joint Replacement Centre is based at Bupa Cromwell Hospital, a leading London private hospital. This partnership provides the highest standard in hip and knee joint replacement surgery with the latest robotic technology and bespoke treatment pathways.