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    One Giant Leap in Joint Surgery


    If you're suffering from knee or hip pain, discover Mako joint replacement—a revolutionary way to treat joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Call us at 888.314.3627 to learn more or find a Mako specialist near you. 

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Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology


Mako technology was designed to help surgeons provide patients with a surgical plan based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy. By selectively targeting just the damaged part of the joint, your surgeon can replace it while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.

How Mako Works

Mako surgery is performed by a trained orthopedic surgeon who uses Mako System software and a robotic arm tool to remove diseased bone and cartilage with extreme precision and implant a replacement that accurately fits your individual anatomy.

Mako can be used for hip and knee replacement. Mako knee replacement offers two options: partial or total knee replacement. With partial knee, just one of the knee’s three compartments is replaced and the rest of the knee’s healthy tissue is spared. This is sometimes recommended for younger patients whose joint damage is confined to one area. With total knee replacement (the more common approach) all three compartments are replaced. 

Mercy General Hospital is the first and only medical facility in the Sacramento region for MAKO Total Knee surgery.

Step One: The Personalized Plan 
It all begins with a CT scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model, which is loaded into the Mako System software and used to create your personalized pre-operative plan.
 
Step Two: The Operation
During surgery, your surgeon will guide the Mako robotic arm to perform your surgery based on your pre-operative plan. The system also allows your surgeon to adjust as needed. When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the Mako system guides the surgeon and helps prevent moving outside the planned boundaries for a more accurate implant placement and alignment.
 
Step Three: After Surgery
Following surgery, your surgeon, nurses and physical therapists will set goals with you to get you back on the move. They will closely monitor your condition and progress. Your surgeon may review an x-ray of your new joint with you.
 

Meet Our Surgeons

The orthopedic surgeons of Mercy Medical Group have great expertise in a variety of advanced and proven procedures. Of that elite group, there are two—Robert Lucas, MD and Samuel Hu, MD—who have also gone through extensive training required to use the Mako System. 

Robert Lucas, MD 

Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Robert Lucas, MD graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In addition to Mako surgery, Dr. Lucas performs a wide variety of procedures including shoulder replacement and arthroscopic shoulder surgery, hip and knee replacement, general orthopedic surgery and fracture care. He believes in using his abilities, along with the most up-to-date research and surgical techniques, to help others get back to active, functional lifestyles. 

Samuel Hu, MD

Samuel Hu, MD is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is board certified in orthopedic surgery. He performs not only Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery but also dozens of procedures involving all of the body’s joints as well as hands and feet. Dr. Hu speaks both English and Mandarin. He believes in personal responsibility and empowering the patient to be involved in his or her own recovery.

 

Learn More

Call us at 888.314.3627 to learn more or find a Mako specialist near you.