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MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement

Holy Cross Hospital was the first hospital in Broward County to offer MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement using the RIO® robotic arm system. The use of robotic arm technology has never before been used in total hip replacement.

Here's how MAKOplasty® Hip works: The RIO® system provides a patient-specific 3-D image of the patient's hip based on a pre-operative CT scan. Using the 3-D model, the surgeon can then plan the optimal size and position of hip implant components. An implant consists of a cup and liner placed in the acetabulum or the socket of the pelvis, and a femoral component with a femoral head and stem. The position of these components is critical for proper biomechanical reconstruction of the hip.

During surgery, RIO® provides visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation and implant positioning to match the pre-surgical plan. First the surgeon prepares the femoral bone for the implant, and subsequently measures the femoral component's position with the RIO®. Next the surgeon uses the robotic arm to accurately ream and shape the acetabulum, and then implant the cup at the correct depth and orientation. Finally the surgeon implants the femoral implant and RIO® provides summary data to confirm the hip implants are aligned according to plan. MAKOplasty® Hip is designed to assist surgeons in attaining a new level of reproducible precision in surgery, to restore patients' confidence in their mobility and help them return to active lifestyles.

MAKOplasty® Hip may be a treatment option for people who suffer from either non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease.

In total hip replacement procedures, the accurate placement and alignment of implant components are critical factors. MAKOplasty® total hip, powered by the surgeon-controlled RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, provides a new level of accuracy and precision in total hip replacement.

MAKOplasty® benefits may include:

  • Accurate placement of your hip implant using the surgeon-controlled robotic arm system, which can reduce the likelihood of hip dislocation
  • More consistency in leg length, potentially decreasing the need for a shoe lift
  • Decreased risk of the implant / implant and bone / implant impingement (abnormally rubbing together) – may improve the lifetime of the hip replacement 

See videos of Holy Cross surgeons discussing robotic surgery.

To contact a physician who performs minimally invasive robotic MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement, call 866-442-3627 or view the following profile(s) for physician contact information:

RIO® Robotic Arm System

Robotics Info

da Vinci® Surgical System

Robotics Info