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MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty Question & Answers

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What is MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty (Replacement)?

A MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) is a procedure known as total hip replacement that is supported by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. It is indicated for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease. RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, allows surgeons to achieve a new level of precision with the newest techniques in hip replacement surgery.

How does MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty (Replacement) work?

If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for the MAKOplasty® procedure, you will be scheduled for a computed tomography (CT) scan of your hip one or two weeks prior to your surgery date. A patient-specific 3-D model of your pelvis and femur from the CT scan is created pre-operatively to plan optimal implant placement.

During surgery, the RIO® guides the surgeon in preparing the hip anatomy and positioning the implants. Real-time data and images allow surgeons to know and control accurate implant placement, which can be difficult to achieve using traditional manual techniques.   

How does MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty (Replacement) enhance traditional total hip surgery?

The robotic arm technology enables a new level of accuracy with patient-specific implant alignment and positioning.  The accurate alignment and positioning of hip implants are important factors affecting surgical outcomes and the lifespan of implants.

What are the risks with MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty (Replacement)?

There are risks associated with any hip surgical procedure. Your doctor can explain these risks and help determine if MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement is right for you. (Individual results may vary)

What can I expect from my recovery and rehabilitation?

A typical hospital stay for a total hip replacement is determined by your surgeon. Your surgeon will also determine what physical therapy may be prescribed for you.

What is the lifespan of MAKOplasty® implants?

All implants have a life expectancy that depends on several factors, including the patient’s weight, activity level, quality of bone, and compliance with his/her physician’s orders. Proper implant alignment and accurate positioning during surgery are also very important factors that can improve the life expectancy of an implant. Through the use of the RIO® robotic arm system, implants may be more optimally aligned and positioned.

Is MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty (Replacement) typically covered by Insurance?

Typically Medicare and most commercial insurance plans do cover MAKOplasty®. Please contact your health insurance company to verify coverage.

Call (603) 528-9100 or request an appointment  for a consultation with one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

 *Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, including MAKOplasty.® Your doctor can explain these risks and help determine if MAKOplasty® is right for you.