More then 600,000 Total Knee Replacements are done a year in the United States. It is one of the most successful procedures in Orthopaedics. It provides a significant improvement for patients quality of life and therefore is rewarding to preform. As an Orthopaedic surgeon I am always looking for ways to improve upon current treatments. The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee Replacement system has some great advantages.
The Mako Total Knee allows patient-specific surgical planning by using a CT scan to make a virtual model of your knee. This allows me to further evaluate your anatomy and use the software to plan the proper implants and aligment I feel is best for you. Markers are placed during surgery which gives me real-time data to assess the movement and stability of your knee. I use this data to continuously and accurately define the surgical plan. Then I guide the robotic arm to remove the diseased bone and cartilage from you femur and tibia. The robotic arm has virtual boundaries which are set by the planning we did before and during the surgery. Trial implants are put into place and again motion, balance and stability are assessed. Once satified with the postion of the implants and the balancing of your knee the final implants are put into place. Multimodal analgesia is used to control pain from the surgery. This procedure is sometimes preformed as an outpatient surgery, other times patients require one or two overnights at the hospital.
For further informantion contact Dr. Rudman at 201-447-1188