MakoTotal Hip Replacements
A total hip replacement replaces both the ball and socket of the natural hip joint with artificial implants. The MAKOplasty total hip replacement is an innovative surgical technique that uses surgeon-guided robotic technology to increase the precision of the hip replacement procedure. There are several important benefits of precise implant positioning, as well as using computer and robotic assistance in surgery, as to why Dr. Durkin prefers to use the MAKOplasty technique. Benefits include:
- Optimal implant placement
- Enhanced hip stability and mobility
- Decreased risk of hip dislocation
- Decreased risk of implant loosening
The MAKOplasty total hip replacement is supported by the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. The RIO robotic arm provides Dr. Durkin with a patient-specific 3-D model of the hip joint that allows him to pre-plan a hip replacement. A patient is required to obtain a special CT scan of the hip prior to surgery, which also contributes in creating an individual surgical plan. During the procedure, real-time data assists Dr. Durkin in preparing the joint, and placing the implants in the desired orientation with more accuracy.
Dr. Durkin is one of the first physicians in Illinois who is qualified and trained to perform this operation, and even spends time training other surgeons on its use.
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