doctor demonstrating a robotic knee joint

Capital Surgical Associates is proud to provide Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Replacement Surgeries through Dr. Applonie. For enhanced precision and more effective outcomes, Dr. Applonie has adopted this new technology.

Knee replacement patients can expect a more personalized approach, tailored fit, and optimal knee implant alignment thanks to the Mako® robotic arm surgical assistant. This means improved surgical outcomes and a more accelerated recovery. Dr. Applonie is committed to utilizing both his experience and expertise in this advanced technology, making him a trusted provider of Mako®-assisted knee replacement surgery.

What is the Mako® Robotic-Arm Surgical Assistant?

The Stryker Mako® robotic-arm surgical assistant uses cutting-edge precision technologies to improve patient outcomes in knee replacement surgeries. Its combination of advanced software and the robotic surgical arm achieves the most accurate execution of knee joint replacement procedures. Dr. Applonie can achieve more accurate (and personalized) knee replacement surgeries. It’s more than just a fancy tool, however - Mako®-assisted surgeries have been shown to create better long-term outcomes and improve patient satisfaction.

What are the Benefits of Having Knee Replacement Surgery with a Mako®?

One key benefit of using the Mako® robot is achieving reproducible results tailored to each patient's unique anatomy. The robotic arm minimizes errors by keeping the surgeon within a remarkable 2mm margin of the surgical plan. This extreme level of accuracy helps ensure optimal alignment and positioning of the knee implant.

Thanks to the above mentioned precision, the Mako® system also eliminates the need for cutting blocks or guides, which can reduce postoperative inflammation. The system also provides precise bone removal and minimizes metal shavings, potentially leading to an easier recovery process.

While all of this may sound expensive, using the Mako® system actually does not make any difference in the pricing for total knee replacement surgeries. A knee CT scan is required before the surgery to facilitate the Mako®-assisted operation, but there are no additional costs associated with our surgeons using the technology.

Last but not least, it is important to note that using the Mako® robotic-arm surgical assistant does not increase the usual risks associated with total knee replacement surgery. Patients can have confidence in the safety and enhanced outcomes of this advanced technology.

X-ray of a robotic knee joint

Why Dr. Applonie Performs All Knee Replacements With the Help of a Mako® Robotic-Arm Surgical Assistant?

Dr. Applonie has deliberately chosen to utilize the Mako® robotic-arm surgical assistant for all his knee replacement surgeries. The consistent and reproducible outcomes achieved with this technology, combined with the ability to tailor the procedure to each patient's unique anatomy, have solidified Dr. Applonie's preference for the Mako® robot.

Through his experience, Dr. Applonie has observed positive results in previous surgeries performed with the assistance of the Mako® system. As a Mako® certified surgeon, Dr Applonie provides state-of-the-art procedures that are smoother, more comfortable, and have shorter recovery times. This certification reflects his commitment to staying at the forefront of surgical techniques and utilizing cutting-edge tools to provide the best possible care for his patients.

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