MAKO® Surgical System

The knees and hips are large joints that bear the full weight of the body while allowing a wide range of movements. Over time, wear and tear and injury can damage these joints and cause knee or hip pain. The pain can range from mild to severe, depending on the severity of the condition. When conservative treatment options no longer provide pain relief, surgical options, like the MAKO surgical robotic system, may be an option.

At Shelby Baptist Medical Center, we know how challenging it is to move and experience the fullness of life when you are suffering from disabling pain and chronic discomfort. Together, we can help you create a personalized treatment plan to manage joint pain specific to your unique needs. We offer longer-lasting solutions through minimally invasive procedures for joint pain, using the MAKO surgical robotic system, combined with consistent and compassionate care.

What Is MAKOplasty®?

The MAKO surgical robotic system is an advanced technology designed to help provide solutions for knee and hip joint pain. It uses a 3D computed tomography (CT)-based planning software that allows our orthopedic surgeons to understand a patient’s anatomy and design personalized joint replacement surgical plans.

What Is MAKOplasty Knee Surgery?

The knee consists of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. It is the largest joint in the body, which allows the leg to bend and provides stability to support the body's weight. Severe damage to the knees may make it hard to perform simple activities, such as walking, turning or climbing stairs. You may even begin to feel pain while sitting or lying down. 

When conservative treatments, such as medications, flexibility and strength training exercises and walking aids, no longer eliminate or alleviate your knee pain, your orthopedic knee surgeon may consider knee replacement surgery.

Knee replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure that replaces the damaged parts of your knee joint with new, artificial components. Knee replacement surgery aims to relieve pain, correct leg deformity and help you move better. In a MAKOplasty knee replacement procedure, orthopedic surgeons guide and perform joint replacement surgery through a robotic arm. Its 3D computed tomography (CT)-based planning software allows orthopedic surgeons to precisely fit implants to replace damaged parts of the knee. The MAKO surgical robotic system also allows your orthopedic surgeon to adjust the surgical plan as needed during the actual surgery.

Arthritis is the most common condition that causes knee pain and disability. The three types of arthritis that cause knee pain are: 

  • Osteoarthritis - age-related wear and tear type of arthritis that usually affects people 50 years old and above. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the bones of the knee softens and wears away, causing the bones to rub against one another, resulting in knee pain and stiffness.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – is a type of arthritis that occurs when the synovial membrane surrounding the joint becomes inflamed and thickened, which eventually causes cartilage loss, pain and stiffness.
  • Post-traumatic arthritis – is a type of arthritis that occurs following a severe knee injury that causes fractures in the bones surrounding the knee or tears in the knee ligaments, causing knee pain and limiting knee function over time.

How Long Does MAKOplasty Last?

In MAKO robotic knee replacement, the MAKOplasty surgeon will make an incision of approximately 6-10 inches over the front of your damaged knee to expose the joint that must be replaced. Your kneecap will be moved to the side so the surgeon can remove the damaged cartilage and a small amount of bone. The damaged tissues will be replaced with new components that are biologically compatible and mimic your natural knee's movement. The procedure usually takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

Joint replacements performed in MAKO surgical robotic systems can still function 25 years later. However, its performance and lifespan may be affected by wear and tear caused by a lifetime of movement. Younger patients may need to have their artificial hips and knees revised during their lifetime. It is important to note that the effects of joint replacement may differ from person to person. 

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Insurances Accepted and Payment Plan Options 

When you come to Shelby Baptist Medical Center, we'll provide you with all the information you need upfront, including financial obligations.

As with any medical procedure, we know that planning is essential. That's why we have made it easier for you to make payment arrangements for peace of mind. We work with various insurance providers and offer flexible payment plans for most treatments and procedures. Please contact your insurance carrier with specific questions about your covered services and benefits.

Listen to your lingering pain. If you have an upcoming procedure or surgery you've been putting off, please don't delay care. Our dedicated staff is ready to address your questions and help make financial arrangements. Visit our patient financial resources page to learn about our insurance, payment plans, pricing information and estimates or watch this video to learn how we make healthcare more affordable.

Find MAKOplasty Surgeons in Alabaster 

Healthcare is better together. Whether your joint pain results from arthritis, sports injury or wear and tear, our dedicated team of experienced MAKOplasty surgeons and staff in Alabaster will work with you to help restore mobility and get back to doing the things you love without hip pain. We're here with comprehensive and compassionate care, always.

Please call 833-251-9898 or find an orthopedic surgeon nearby to learn more about our services. If it's an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Please don't delay care.