Mako Specialist

Capital City Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Austin, TX

The Mako™ robotic arm is revolutionary technology that provides a personalized experience for adults in need of joint replacement surgery. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon and joint replacement specialist Omar Akhtar, MD, performs Mako robotic-assisted procedures at Capital City Orthopaedics in Austin, Texas. To find out how the Mako surgical system can improve your joint replacement outcome, call or book an appointment online today.

Mako Q & A

What is Mako?

Mako is a robotic system that assists with joint replacement surgery. As a fellowship-trained joint replacement specialist, Dr. Akhtar has performed thousands of successful surgeries.

The Mako robotic arm provides Dr. Akhtar with a greater level of accuracy and precision than ever before, leading to superior results for you. Robotic-assisted surgery doesn’t mean that the robot performs the procedure. Dr. Akhtar is 100% in control the entire time.

How does Mako work?

Before surgery, Dr. Akhtar takes a CT scan of your joint. He uses this to generate a 3D model of your unique joint structure.

Then, he loads the model into the Mako system to create a customized preoperative plan. This plan allows Dr. Akhtar to know exactly how an implant will fit your joint before you even enter the operating room.

During surgery, Dr. Akhtar uses the Mako system to help him remain within the predetermined boundaries of your preoperative plan. This helps prevent damage to healthy surrounding tissues, leading to less pain and a faster recovery.

What procedures can Make be used for?

Dr. Akhtar uses the Mako robotic arm to provide unparalleled precision and accuracy during joint replacement procedures such as:

  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for Mako robotic surgery. Dr. Akhtar carefully examines your joint and reviews your medical history to determine whether Mako joint replacement is right for you.

What are the benefits of Mako robotic surgery?

The personalized preoperative plan and superior precision control of the Mako system provides numerous advantages. A 2018 study comparing patients who received robotic-arm assisted knee replacement with a group that underwent traditional knee replacement surgery found benefits in the robotic group, including:

  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Less time spent in the hospital

Another benefit of Mako that remains to be determined by future studies is the decreased risk of joint replacement failure. Increased accuracy with the Mako system may lead to less need for future surgeries.

To learn more about Mako robotic joint replacement surgery, call Capital City Orthopaedics or book an appointment online today.