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MAKOplasty Robotic Replacements

Throughout his career, Dr. Denis Nam has had a special interest in robotic replacements and is now among the first to master this cutting-edge approach. Robotic assistance is the most innovative and advanced technology available, providing a level of precision and accuracy that can’t be achieved with manual techniques.

MAKOplasty Joint Replacement

Compared to traditional procedures, MAKOplasty robotic-arm assisted replacements are less invasive, and allow Dr. Nam to selectively target any damage while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it. This approach often results in a more natural feeling replacement and shorter recovery time.

The procedure begins with a CT scan of the affected joint, which is then uploaded into the Mako system and a virtual 3D model is created. This allows Dr. Nam to see more details than an x-ray alone to determine the optimal size, placement, and positioning of the replacement. During the procedure, Mako provides real-time data that allows Dr. Nam to assess the movement and tension of each patient’s joint.

During the procedure, Dr. Nam removes the arthritic bone using a robotic-assisted surgical arm. Using real-time information, Dr. Nam then customizes the replacement to optimize the function and stability for each individual patient. He targets and removes any damage while sparing healthy bone and ligaments. A virtual boundary provides resistance to help Dr. Nam stay within the boundaries defined by your surgical plan. As he prepares to place the implant into its final position, the robotic-arm guides the implant at the desired angle determined in your surgical plan to ensure the placement and alignment of the implant are performed according to plan. This results in a joint replacement that genuinely mimics your own pre-arthritic joint – more natural; more comfortable.

The Mako Total Knee Replacement Difference:

Patients who opt for robotic joint replacement surgery may experience significant benefits. In clinical studies, Mako total knee replacements resulted in:
  • Improved accuracy in execution of the surgery 1, 2
  • Minimized damage to the soft tissue and ligaments 3
  • After six months, patients who opted for Mako robotic surgery reported lower pain scores compared to those who had a traditional joint replacement surgery 4
  • Higher satisfaction overall comparatively with those who opted for traditional joint replacement surgery

The Mako Partial Knee Replacement Difference:

In clinical studies, Mako partial knee replacements resulted in: 

  • Improved accuracy related to removal of the bone and placement of the prosthesis (artificial joint), leading to better outcomes and knee function 5, 6
  • Reduction of pain in the near term post-surgery 7
  • Shorter hospital stay8 
  • Shortened recovery period. Three weeks post-surgery, Ninety percent of patients reported walking without the assistance of a cane or walker 9

The Mako Total Hip Replacement Difference:

In a clinical study, Mako total hip replacements resulted in:

  • The prosthesis (artificial hip) placed more accurately10
  • Reduced probability of dislocation post-surgery11, 12
  • Reduction in loss of blood13
  • A more natural-feeling hip 14
  • More healthy bone preserved 15, 16

Is a Makoplasty Joint Replacement Right for You?

If you’re considering a joint replacement for your hip or knee pain, a robotic Makoplasty surgery with Dr. Nam may be right for you. Robotic Mako joint replacements are ideal for the following patients.
Experiencing severe hip or knee pain or stiffness resulting from degenerative joint disease including osteoarthritis, traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis, post-traumatic arthritis, or rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritides
When traditional, more conservative treatments (injections, utilization of a brace, medications, etc.) have failed to provide relief

Think a robotic replacement could be right for you?

A Patient-Centric Approach

Similar to traditional joint replacements, we put an emphasis on our patient experience to ensure each patient understands their individual journey. From setting up any necessary appointments to one-on-one patient education, our team of experts is by your side from day one. You’ll stay informed and encouraged with optional text messages, and have access to your care team anytime.

Patient Resources

Considering a joint replacement is a big step. Our team cares deeply about your experience and works to help you understand what to expect throughout your journey. From practice information to tools to help you anticipate what’s to come, we offer the resources you need to feel cared for and confident.

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Patient Success Stories

Sarah needed to have both knees redone and wanted an experienced surgeon she could trust. Enter Dr. Nam. Read more about her revision experience and see how the right doctor can make a big difference.

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  2. Hampp EL, Scholl LY, Chang TC, et al Robotic-arm assisted total knee arthroplasty demonstrated greater accuracy to plan compared to manual technique. 17th annual CAOS Meeting, June 2017, Vol 1, 2017; 1-
  3. Kayani B., Konan S., Pietrziek J., Haddad F. S. Iatrogenic Bone and Soft Tissue Trauma in Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty Compared With Conventional Jig-Based Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Prospective Cohort Study and Validation of a New Classification System. “https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29699827″J Arthroplasty. 2018 Aug;33(8):2496-2501.
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Priya Patel

Registered nurse
Priya Patel is a nurse clinician for Dr. Nam. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for her undergraduate education, and then completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Marquette University. She takes part in all aspects of the patient journey, from preoperative to postoperative care. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new restaurants, and exploring the city of Chicago!

Tara Duffy

Physician Assistant
Tara joined Dr. Nam’s practice in August 2023 and is excited to join a team focused on excellence in patient care. Tara completed her bachelor and graduate studies at Marquette University. As a PA, Tara treats patients in the clinic as well as assists Dr. Nam in surgery. She most enjoys caring for patients every step of the way during the surgical process.