Dr McCready is one of the few Mako Robotic Surgery qualified surgeons in South Africa. He performed the first Mako Robotic Assisted Total Knee Replacement procedure in Africa in August 2019.
Mako robotic surgery is cutting edge technology that is helping improve surgical outcomes for specific orthopaedic procedures. By ensuring more accurate placement of the prosthetic components, and reducing damage to the surrounding muscles and ligaments, most patients are experiencing less post-operative pain, and a quicker return to function. Due to better component positioning, the replaced joint may also feel more “natural”.
A pre-operative CT scan is assessed to determine the optimal size and placement of the prosthesis for each individual patient. This is planned before surgery, and the robotic arm assists in implementing that plan during the surgery. Micro-adjustments to the surgical plan can be made during the surgery if required.
Mako robotic assisted surgery is currently available for hip, knee, and partial knee replacements. The majority of patients who need hip, knee or partial knee replacement will qualify for the Mako robotic procedure.
Unfortunately, each medical aid and medical plan has different levels of cover. If you are considering Mako Robotic Surgery you will be informed prior to surgery of any required co-payments.
No, the robotic arm doesn’t perform surgery, nor can it make decisions on its own or move without the surgeon guiding it.
The first Mako procedure was a partial knee replacement performed in June 2006. The first hip replacement procedure was performed in 2010.
Currently, the Mako Robotic arm is used for hip, knee and partial knee replacements.