Medicine is constantly evolving, and we are always finding ways to help improve patient outcomes. Incorporation of technology in the operating room is one of the many ways orthopaedic surgeons are improving the way health care is delivered.
The Stryker MAKO orthopaedic robot is a state of the art surgical platform that has been specifically designed to improve the way partial knee replacements are implanted. It combines pre surgical planning, intraoperative kinematic assessment and surgical implementation with pinpoint accuracy to deliver a perfectly placed and balanced partial knee replacement EVERY TIME.
From Oct 2015, Sydney Adventist Hospital became the first hospital in NSW to adopt this technology. Limited number of surgeons will have access to this technology. Dr Lin has been very active in bringing this technology to Sydney and is one of the few surgeons who have had some early clinical experience.
MAKO surgical platform delivers patient specific 3D planning and robotic-arm assisted surgical execution.
A patient will typically undergo a specialised MAKO CT protocol. The data is then uploaded to the system and the preoperative planning process begins. 3-D modelling of this data enables accurate planning of the implant size, orientation and overall alignment. During surgery, real-time patient information is fed back to the system to allow fine tuning of the implants prior to resection. The MAKO robotic arm then assists the surgeon in performing bone preparation using various specialised end attachments. This robotic assisted surgical execution aims to deliver precision, consistency and reproducibility every time.
The MAKO platform is currently available for the MCK uni-compartmental knee replacement (partial knee replacement) and Stryker Total Hip Replacement. The MAKO Total Knee Replacement Module is scheduled for limited site released in the second half of 2017.