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Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology

Norwalk Hospital and Danbury Hospital, members of the Western Connecticut Health Network, are proud to be part of the only healthcare network in Fairfield County offering robotic-arm assisted partial and total joint replacements using Stryker’s Mako system.  This highly advanced robotic technology transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed, enabling a more precise, reproducible surgical experience. Mako technology is currently used to perform total hip, total knee, and partial knee replacements. 

Using a CT scan of the patient’s joint, Mako constructs a virtual 3D model which surgeons use to create a personalized surgical plan before entering the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm during bone preparation to execute the pre-determined surgical plan and accurately position the implant. Studies have shown Mako implant placement to be more accurate and reproducible than manual procedures. Mako provides valuable information, especially in the setting of severe disease and deformity, and allows joint arthroplasty to be performed more precisely than ever before.

Anyone can be a candidate for Mako robotic–assisted total joint replacement.  Through the enhanced precision it offers implant placement, Mako technology allows surgeons to perform more partial, or uni-compartmental, knee replacements. As partial knee replacement involves a more focal section of the knee joint, component placement is critical to an optimal outcome. Utilizing the added accuracy of 3D mapping and the precision of advanced robotic technology, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion of the knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint.  Partial knee replacement offers a new treatment option for the active patient with focal knee arthritis who is not yet a candidate for total knee replacement.