Mako technology improving outcomes for knee and hip surgery

toi4Technology is marching forward with the new Mako robotic arm assisted surgery, significantly improving implant placement and patient satisfaction.

The hip and knee joints are central to body movement and they endure a great deal of wear. It’s no surprise knee and hip issues become common as we age.

“It is time to consult an orthopaedic specialist when your everyday life is affected,” said Dr. Russell Cohen, who specializes in hip and knee surgery at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute.

“Patients often tell me the pain in their knee or hip has limited their ability to go grocery shopping, garden or play with their grandchildren.”

Several non-surgical treatments are available and can provide relief. There is a wide breadth of variance in knee and hip conditions, and while some situations respond well to non-surgical therapies, some do not provide the relief patients need for everyday movement.

Dr. Cohen explained patients should analyze and discuss options with an orthopaedic physician. “Surgery should not be ruled out because the benefits can positively impact mobility and change lives .”

Remarkable technological progress is further enhancing the benefits of joint surgery. The Mako robotic arm assisted technology brings together advancements in imaging, software and robotics to increase the effectiveness of total hip and partial knee replacement surgery.

mako1Dr. Cohen has performed more than 30 surgeries using the Mako technology. “With Mako, the surgeon builds the most accurate pre-operative plan, eliminates the variables, and the robot-assist facilitates the most precise implant fit.”

The state-of-the-art technology and assistance sounds nearly too good to be true – so, what are the results?

“I’ve been performing joint surgeries for more than 20 years, and the results using the Mako technology are the strongest I have ever seen,” Dr. Cohen explained. “The precision of implant placement makes a strong difference in mobility-potential and has notably increased patient satisfaction.”

In addition to a better implant fit, Dr. Cohen said the robotic-assisted surgery decreases the risk of complications and supports a better surgical recovery.

Previously the robotic-assisted surgery was available for full hip and partial knee replacements only. Going forward, Mako technology will be used to perform full knee replacements and training is already underway.

Dr. Cohen is impressed with the results and enthusiastically welcomes the opportunity to provide the technology to more patients.

“The bottom line with Mako is a better outcome, and a better outcome means a better quality of life for patients.”

cohen1Dr. Russell Cohen is a surgeon at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute who specializes in minimally invasive hip and knee replacement and arthroplasty. He received his medical degree from, and completed a residency and internship at, the University of Arizona. Dr. Cohen completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery from Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, Il.


  1. Richard Novotny says:

    I am ready for full knee replacements in both knees at the same time. My surgeon Dr. Mulliken @ St. Joseph’s Hospital and a member of Towson Orthepefics of Maryland did not mention this break through? I need to know if they would consider this surgery procedure.. Is it available in Bsltimore, Maryland?

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