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MAKOplasty® Enables a New Level of Accuracy for Partial Knee and Total Hip Replacement

Hartford Hospital was first in Greater Hartford to offer patients this new tool in orthopedic surgery: MAKOplasty® for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement procedures uses the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. RIO is a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables even more precise alignment and placement of implants.

RIO enables surgeons to personalize partial knee and total hip arthroplasties to achieve optimal results with a level of accuracy previously unattainable with conventional instrumentation. The RIO System features a patient-specific visualization system and robotic arm technology that is integrated with surgical instruments. It assists surgeons in pre-planning and treating each patient uniquely.

During MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement surgery, RIO provides visualization of the joint and biomechanical data to guide the bone preparation and implant positioning to match the pre-surgical plan. After first preparing the femur or thighbone, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to accurately shape the acetabulum socket in the hip, and then implant the cup at the correct depth and orientation. The surgeon then positions the femoral implant. MAKOplasty® offers the confidence of more accurate cup placement and accurate leg length restoration.

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MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery. A pre-surgical plan is created based on a CT scan of the patient’s knee. The surgeon uses the robotic arm during surgery to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, sparing healthy bone and surrounding tissue for a more natural feeling knee. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

Like other total hip replacement procedures, MAKOplasty® may be a treatment option for people who suffer from either non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease.

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Patient Resources

Knee & Hip Replacement on WTNH News 8
Knee Replacement on NBC Connecticut

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  • Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System (RIO®)

    The RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System features three dimensional pre-surgical planning. During surgery, the RIO® provides the surgeon with real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing and implant positioning.

  • O-Arm® Surgical Imaging System

    The O-Arm® Surgical Imaging System, now in use at Hartford Hospital, is a multi-dimensional surgical imaging platform that is optimized for use in spine, orthopaedic, and trauma-related surgeries.

  • MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty

    MAKOplasty is a robotic arm assisted total hip replacement procedure designed for those suffering with inflammatory or non-inflammatory degenerative hip joint disease (DJD).

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Total Joint Replacement Patient Education Packet

Total Joint Replacement Patient Education Packet

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