Mako Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery can be a great option for patients with severe knee arthritis that has not improved with nonsurgical treatments. Traditional knee replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged joint components with prosthetic implants. It is very effective in helping patients alleviate pain and regain mobility lost by knee arthritis. Now, with Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology, Dr. Linschoten is able to further improve upon the benefits of traditional knee replacement surgery for his patients.

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology has been available for more than a decade, and Dr. Linschoten was one of the first surgeons in the Baton Rouge area to use this technology for total knee replacements. Since adopting Mako technology, Dr. Linschoten has seen very positive outcomes for his patients and now uses robotic-arm assisted technology for all primary knee replacement patients.

What is Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement?

Though the term “robotic-assisted” may sound like a robot is actually performing part of your knee replacement, the technology is really a tool that assists Dr. Linschoten in planning and completing the procedure as safely and accurately as possible. The robot is not actually in control—it only does what Dr. Linschoten has programmed it to do. Dr. Linschoten received extensive training in Mako technology prior to offering this procedure to patients and can now supervise other surgeons during Mako knee replacements.

Before your knee replacement surgery, Dr. Linschoten will order a CT scan of your knee, which he uses to create a 3D virtual model of your knee with the Mako software. He will then create a plan for your surgery using the software. During your knee replacement procedure, Dr. Linschoten will guide the Mako robotic arm, using the predefined surgical plan, to prepare your knee for the implants by removing damaged bone and cartilage.

Benefits of Mako Knee Replacement

Robotic-assisted knee replacements offer many benefits over traditional knee replacement techniques. Traditional knee replacements require the surgeon to measure the size, position, and rotation of the knee implants using mechanical instrumentation. However, this method does not give the surgeon any feedback on how the size of the bone cuts and implants will work in relation to the ligaments and other soft tissues in the knee. In order to achieve the best results, everything must work in harmony.

Unlike the traditional, mechanical methods, the Mako software gives Dr. Linschoten immediate feedback on how the implant position affects the soft tissues in the knee. This allows for much greater control, precision, and safety with implant placement, which ultimately leads to a better result for the patient. Because the implant is placed as precisely as possible, patients typically have less pain and swelling after surgery. They are often able to return home earlier than patients who have traditional knee replacements, and also regain their range of motion more quickly. Most importantly, accurate implant placement leads to better long-term results.

Dr. Linschoten has seen these benefits in his own patients, and many medical studies of robotic-assisted knee replacement are showing very positive results, as well. Because this technology has proven to be very beneficial for patients, more and more surgeons are adopting it, both in Louisiana and all over the country.

Recovering from Mako Knee Replacement

Like traditional knee replacements, patients will need a period of recovery before they are able to resume all normal activities. Patients begin physical therapy the day of surgery and continue with physical therapy for about 2-3 weeks with either outpatient or in-home services after being discharged from the hospital. Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process, as it helps to strengthen the knee and restore mobility.

During the initial recovery period, you may need assistance getting around. As the initial pain from surgery subsides and you regain strength in the knee, you will gradually be able to resume normal activities. Most patients fully recover within about a month of surgery, but this depends on the individual patient.

Mako Knee Replacement Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA

Dr. Niels Linschoten is one of the first surgeons in the Baton Rouge area to offer Mako total knee replacements, and now uses Mako technology for all of his primary knee replacement procedures. He has received extensive training in Mako technology and has seen very positive results for patients since adopting the technology. If you would like to learn more about Mako knee replacement surgery with Dr. Linschoten, please call our office at (225) 478-8722, or submit an online appointment request. We look forward to helping you regain mobility!