When you hear the term "robotic-arm assisted technology", it is important to understand that the Mako™ robotic arm does not actually perform the surgery.
The Mako™ technology was designed to help surgeons give their patients a personally-tailored surgical experience, in accordance with their diagnosis and unique anatomy. The arm, and the presurgical planning performed, enable the surgeon to achieve the maximum level of precision possible.
Studies indicate that use of the MakoTM robot increases the percentage of implant survival over the years.
The Mako™ robot creates a 3D model of the area of the joint, thus enabling customization and precision even before you arrive for surgery. During the operation, your doctor will use the robot's computer to ensure maximum balance of the joint, in order to achieve a more natural and balanced feeling of the implant after the operation. In the final stage, after all of the parameters and calculations have been carefully completed, your doctor will use the robotic arm to execute the carefully preplanned procedure with maximum accuracy.
The robot will ensure that there are no deviations while the incisions are performed, and thus prevent unnecessary damage to the soft tissues, nerves and blood vessels around the area being operated on. This is not achievable using the human hand and eye in the traditional method. In this way, the Mako™ robot improves the functioning of the replaced joint as well as its survival over the years.
Numerous studies demonstrate that patients who undergo joint surgery with the help of the Mako™ robot return to full activity more quickly and report a rapid recovery and return to routine, including driving, walking and strenuous sports activities. Additional studies have also demonstrated reduced analgesic intake after the surgery, shortened rehabilitation and physiotherapy, and earlier postoperative discharge from the hospital.
Surgery using the Mako robotic arm is available at Raphael Hospital, 3 Atidim Park, Tel Aviv – Jaffa. Telephone: 03-3762574
Absolutely not. The robot has a robotic arm that helps the surgeon perform the surgery in a more precise manner, with no trembling of the hands or deviations caused by human error during the surgery.
The Mako robot has existed since 2006 and so far, more than 400,000 surgeries have been performed in 26 countries and more than 1,000 leading medical centers. The Mako robot was successfully launched in Israel in 2019 at Raphael Hospital, and is used by the best joint specialists in the country.
Most insurance companies fully cover the cost of the surgery. To check whether your insurance provides coverage, consult the specialist physicians who operate using the Mako robot.
While the duration of implant life varies from person to person, most patients do not need to have the implant replaced during their lifetime. The implant is manufactured using materials used in the aerospace industries and is made from quality materials that remain undamaged for many years.
Most patients return to a full routine 2 – 4 weeks after the surgery, and are discharged home within a day or two after the surgery.