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