Health Matters: Mako Surgical Robot

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – There’s something new in orthopaedic medicine that is giving people with knee pain new hope.

Surgeons say the Mako Robot is a game changer for joint replacement surgery.

“It was so, so bad. I mean I can’t even describe it,” says Mary Hoyt, who suffered knee pain.

Watching her walk down a hallway, it’s hard to believe she had surgery in March.

“I have two holes right here,” she explains.

Her knee started hurting late last year. The 70-year-old said nothing worked to get rid of the pain.

“I couldn’t go into the kitchen to cook. I could barely take a shower. It was terrible,” she recalls.

That was until she met Dr. Martin Siems with Baptist Health, who told her about the Mako Surgical Robot.

The orthopaedic surgeon controls the robotic arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage and perform joint replacement surgery.

“Now with the robotic device, I could put it in perfect every time and not have to worry about the alignment,” he says.

The process involved a CT scan of the patient’s knee. Then, the scan is fed into the Mako software where doctors create a virtual model. This helps doctors determine where the prosthesis should fit. Siems uses the robot to precisely perform surgery.

“It allows me to perform partial knee replacements more often then I would in the past with better results,” he says.

Faster recovery times, precise incisions in replacement surgery make the Mako Robot appealing to patients like Mary.

“Oh, it’s just now I can do yard work again and it feels like a lifetime since I’ve done that,” she says.

It took Mary less than two weeks to feel like herself again.

“I really advise the people out there that is gonna have surgery to have it with Mako,” she continues.

Just by walking around, she’s showing off how easy it can be and the positive results anyone can walk away with too.

Dr. Siems says patients with arthritis would also benefit from this type of surgery.

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