MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement


MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement is a novel surgical alternative for patients with arthritis in the hip.  In this procedure, a Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System (RIO®) assists the surgeon in aligning and positioning implants more precisely.  This potentially can reduce postoperative leg-length inequality and provide a more natural feel with the new components.

Candidate for MAKOplasty® procedure

A candidate for MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement may experience the following:

  • Pain while putting weight on the affected hip

  • Limping to lessen the weight-bearing pressure on the affected hip

  • Pain that may radiate down to the groin, lower back, or down the thigh to the knee

  • Hip pain or stiffness during walking or other impact activities

  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication

MAKOplasty procedure

Accurate placement and alignment of the hip implant is crucial in hip replacement surgery.  MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement requires the patient to obtain a 3-D CT-scan of the patient's hip to generate a 3-D virtual model of their pelvis and femur 1-2 weeks prior to date of scheduled surgery.  This aids the surgeon in planning your surgery and placement of implants before you enter the operating room.

During surgery, the RIO® software provides dynamic information to enhance accuracy of the procedure.  Such real-time information and feedback intra-operatively assists the surgeon in precise placement of the implant, which can be difficult to achieve with traditional surgical techniques. 

The benefits of MAKOplasty®  Total Hip Replacement include:

  • Precise placement of hip implant using the surgeon-controlled robotic arm system with a decline in the possible risk of hip dislocation

  • Uniformity in leg length, reducing the possible requirement of a shoe lift

Increased longevity of the implant due to reduction in abnormal rubbing between implant and bone