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Mako System

Mako System

At CortoClinics, we use the latest healthcare technology. One example of that is the Mako System, robotic-arm assisted technology for hip and knee replacements. This guarantees you the best care, with the latest surgical techniques.

Fotografie: Jean-Pierre Geusens

Mako is a robotic arm that assists the surgeon when placing hip and knee implants. This new technique for hip and knee surgery allows the surgeon to work much more precisely. And that, in turn, leads to better-positioned implants, less invasive (intensive) surgical procedures, and faster, and more comfortable, recovery.

The Mako System Robotic Arm is Precise

A prosthetic hip or knee joint can be implanted much more precisely with the assistance of a robotic arm. Implants that are not perfectly aligned often lead to new complaints, and that often requires repeat surgery to address those complaints. The more accurately the implant is positioned, the smaller the chance of it creating problems.

Mako robot-stryker gebruikt door CortoClinics

A Robotic Arm Does Not Decide on Its Own

The Mako robotic arm does not operate independently, but is merely an aid. The system performs calculations but does not carry them out on its own. The surgeon determines, checks, decides, and performs all operations. He can also interrupt any action at any time.

How does Mako work?

The surgeon programs the robotic arm in advance through the computer interface. He inputs data from the applicable scans and x-rays. The computer uses these to calculate the ideal position for the prosthesis. During the operation, the surgeon directs the robotic arm. The computer is constantly feeding him information about the position of the shin bone, thigh bone, and pelvis, as applicable, as well as the instruments. The computer also provides a steady stream of information on the shape and stability of the joint being operated on. Thanks to the precision of the robotic system, the surgeon does not have to remove any more bone than is necessary for the hip or knee replacement. The margin of error with these systems is less than 1 millimeter. The implant is thus very accurately positioned with the most ideal alignment.

Specialization at CortoClinics

CortoClinics focuses solely on the hip joint and the knee joint. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nanne Kort had already studied these joints extensively before opening his clinic. His findings paved the way for shortening the admission time for hip and knee replacements. In addition, his research has contributed to efforts to convert photos and scans to digitizable data. The use of a robotic arm in performing hip and knee replacements was therefore a logical step in his specialization.

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