Dr. Shane Martin is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Scottsdale who is fellowship-trained in adult reconstructive and joint replacement surgery. He specializes in hip and knee replacements and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, as well as the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
With the MAKOplasty technology, Dr. Martin uses a surgical visualization system in conjunction with a robotic arm to perform total hip and knee replacement surgeries.
Precision is the hallmark of MAKOplasty surgery. It starts with a CT scan a day or more before the surgery. The MAKO technology uses the imaging to create a personalized, highly detailed 3D virtual model of the patient’s joint. Dr. Martin then uses the 3D model to plan the surgery in advance.
The robotic arm also uses the 3D model as a guide during the surgery. The arm allows for greater dexterity than is possible with conventional manual joint replacement surgery.
It’s important to note that the robotic arm is merely a tool Dr. Martin uses while performing hip and knee replacement surgery. He remains in complete control of the surgical instruments throughout the procedure. And although the technology permits the arm to move only within a predefined area to ensure the greatest precision, Dr. Martin can adjust the parameters during surgery if necessary.
For patients who are good candidates for MAKOplasty surgery, the procedure offers many advantages over traditional joint replacement surgery:
After MAKOplasty procedures, patients typically report having less pain and shorter recovery times as compared with patients who undergo conventional joint replacement surgery. Other outcomes are generally better as well:
For patients who have not had a previous hip replacement surgery, Dr. Martin uses the MAKO robotic-assisted technology to perform an anterior total hip replacement procedure. With the anterior approach (from the front), only a 4- to 6-inch incision is necessary. Other approaches typically require an incision that can be twice as long.
The average recovery time after a hip replacement procedure using MAKOplasty technology can be as short as two weeks. That compares with a potential recovery time of six to eight weeks with traditional hip replacement surgeries.
Dr. Martin performs both partial knee replacement and total knee replacement surgery. For patients with osteoarthritis or other painful knee conditions limited to one or two compartments of the joint, a partial knee replacement may be a viable treatment option. For those with more severe disease that encompasses all three joint compartments, a total knee replacement is indicated.
If you have been experiencing persistent pain in your knee or hip because of osteoarthritis or another health condition, and conservative treatments such as medication and physical therapy are not working, then MAKOplasty joint replacement surgery may provide the relief you need.
To find out if you might be a good candidate for this minimally invasive, state-of-the-art surgical procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shane Martin today.