Introducing Robotic-Assisted Total Knee Replacement

The Mako Robotic- Assisted Surgery System is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm technology that enables accurate alignment and placement of implants. Mako provides you with a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy. The technology provides your surgeon with a patient-specific 3-D model to pre-plan your total knee replacement. During surgery, the surgeon guides the Mako robotic-arm based on your patient-specific plan. This allows the surgeon to remove the diseased bone, preserve healthy bone and soft tissue, and position the implant based on your anatomy.

Surgeons are required to have specific training and certification to utilize this technology.

Which surgeons at Central La. Surgical Hospital are certified to utilize the Mako system?

  • William D. Crenshaw, MD
  • Mark A. Dodson, MD
  • Jeffrey L. Garrison, MD
  • Michael J. Leddy, III, MD
  • Timmothy Randell, MD
  • Jamie Rister, MD
  • Terry Texada, MD
    • Who is a candidate for this surgery?

      1. Those with severe knee pain or stiffness resulting from: noninflammatory degenerative joint disease (including osteoarthritis, traumatic arthritis, or avascular necrosis), rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis
      2. Those who haven’t experienced adequate relief with conservative treatment options, like bracing, medication or joint fluid supplements
      3. How does the system personalize my surgical plan?

        The first step is patient-specific surgical planning. Before surgery, a CT scan of your knee is taken to develop a 3D virtual model of your unique joint. Your doctor uses this model to evaluate your bone structure, disease severity, joint alignment and even the surrounding bone and tissue, so they can determine the optimal size, placement and alignment of your implant.

        What happens during robotic-assisted surgery?

        Throughout your procedure, Mako provides real-time data to your surgeon. This allows them to continuously assess the movement and tension of your new joint, and adjust your surgical plan if desired. In the operating room, your surgeon guides Mako’s robotic arm to remove the arthritic bone and cartilage from the knee. A virtual boundary provides tactile resistance to help the surgeon stay within the boundaries defined in your surgical plan. With the diseased bone gone, your implant is placed into the knee joint. Then it’s off to the recovery room to begin your journey to strengthening your new joint.

        Read our Press Release about this new technology

Patient Testimonials

The facility is a wonderful place.  I love the care and kindness I received there when I had my procedure done. The staff did an excellent job and I would recommend friends, family and anyone to this facility. Thank you.