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Advanced Methods for Faster Recovery from Hip Replacements

Our orthopedic surgeons have the training and expertise to perform even the most complex hip surgeries. We also treat previous failed hip surgeries, removing existing hardware and performing total hip replacements. Our team of board certified orthopedic surgeons has fellowship training and continually trains in state of the art hip replacement surgical techniques. We have perfected methods for the very best in pre-operative and post-operative care, preventing complications and getting the best outcomes for hip replacement surgery.

Collaborative Model of Care

Our unique PREPARE program educates you completely about what to expect before, during and after your hip replacement surgery. You’ll have a thorough pre-anesthesia risk evaluation, plenty of time for questions, and all the individualized care and attention you need.

During your hip surgery, our team of orthopedic anesthesiologists uses specialized regional anesthesia techniques to reduce pain without making your hips and legs numb after surgery. You get back on your feet more quickly and start working on physical therapy right away so you can get home faster. With the largest network of integrated rehabilitation services, the physical therapy you start in the hospital continues seamlessly at a convenient outpatient therapy site near home.

Advanced Technologies & Surgical Techniques for Total Hip Replacements

If you’re having constant pain, trouble sleeping, and difficulty starting to walk when rising from a chair, you’re probably ready to consider hip replacement surgery. Your hip surgeon will show you the most advanced hip replacement options for your needs, listen to your concerns, and always focus on your safety.

The precision diagnostics at the Bone & Joint Institute help our hip surgeons know what to expect even before surgery begins, and how complex procedures must be for optimal treatment of damaged hip joints. They are supported by specialized, fellowship trained musculoskeletal radiologists and maximum quality imaging using advanced CT scans and MRIs.

Robotic surgery might be best, and we are the first Greater Hartford Area hospital to offer Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for total hip replacement procedures. Mako offers accuracy within millimeters in cup placement and leg length restoration. This degree of precision reduces the possibility of future dislocations and results in fewer complications, which can lead to faster rehabilitation after surgery.

The Bone & Joint Institute is also one of the few Northeast hospitals where active younger adults with strong bone quality can be considered for hip resurfacing alternatives to total hip replacement.

What is Mako Total Hip?

Mako is a robotic-arm assisted total hip replacement procedure designed for those suffering with inflammatory or non-inflammatory degenerative hip joint disease (DJD). Using real-time information and images of your hip, your surgeon knows and controls accurate implant placement, which can be difficult to achieve with traditional total hip replacement techniques without a robotic arm.

What is Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)?

Degenerative joint diseases (DJDs) are chronic conditions often resulting in pain and the loss of an active lifestyle and quality of life. There are different types of DJD that can affect the hip, including:

  • Osteoarthritis (OA), in which cartilage wears down over time
  • Post-traumatic arthritis, which results from a severe fracture or dislocation of the hip
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an inflammatory arthritis of the joints
  • Avascular necrosis (AVN), a condition where the “ball” or femoral head of the hip joint has lost a healthy supply of blood flow causing the bone to die and the femoral head becomes misshaped
  • Hip dysplasia, a condition where bones around the hip joint did not form properly, which may cause misalignment of the hip joint

What Causes Degenerative Joint Disease?

The risk of developing symptomatic degenerative joint disease is influenced by multiple factors such as age, gender and inherited traits that can affect the shape and stability of your joints. Other factors can include:

  • A previous hip injury
  • Repetitive strain on the hip
  • Improper joint alignment
  • Being overweight
  • Exercise or sports-generated stress placed on the hip joint

Mako Total Hip Benefits May Include

  • Accurate placement of your hip implant using the surgeon-controlled robotic arm system, which can reduce the likelihood of hip dislocation
  • More consistency in leg length, potentially decreasing the need for a shoe lift
  • Decreased risk of the implant and bone abnormally rubbing together – this may improve the lifetime of the implant

Mako Total Hip  is designed to achieve a new level of precision using the latest techniques in total hip replacement and is designed to restore mobility and an active lifestyle. If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for Mako Total Hip, he or she will schedule a computed tomography (CT) scan of your hip one to two weeks prior to your surgery date. This is used to create your unique surgical plan for optimal implant placement. 

Your physician should discuss the specific risks associated with Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery and other treatment options with you. In addition, you should be informed of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions by your surgeon or his or her staff. As a total hip arthroplasty procedure, Mako is typically covered by insurance.


  • Hip Reconstruction Services

    We have perfected methods for the very best in pre-operative and post-operative care, preventing complications and getting the best outcomes for hip replacement surgery.

  • Knee Reconstruction Services

    From partial knee replacements to complex revision surgeries like patella femoral replacements, we have the expertise and resources to care for even the most complex knee issues.

  • Shoulder Reconstruction Services

    We offer the best diagnostic tools, treatments and surgical options to get your shoulder back in motion so you can return to doing the things you love.

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