Joint Replacement Surgery | What is the Stryker Mako System, Part II?

Orthopedic surgeon Chris Gorczynski, Columbia Memorial Health in Hudson, NY, explains the Stryker Mako robotic surgical system.

In this video, Dr. Gorczynski briefly explains how the Mako robotic total joint replacement system works and how the preparation, planning, and the preoperative CT scan all work together to ensure an accurate and succesful joint replacement procedure.

Video transcription:
2. Joint Replacement Surgery | What is the Stryker Mako System, Part II?
Dr. Chris Gorcyznski: This is a sophisticated navigation and robotic joint replacement system.
It involves a three-part process, preoperative planning based off of a CT scan where we virtually perform the surgery before we ever enter the operating room.
The second step involves an optical navigation system where we registered a patient’s anatomy and we demonstrate soft tissue balance in anticipation of the third part of surgery, which is a robotic arm controlled resection of the bone.
We’re talking about a millimeter here, or a degree there, and it many times does not
take much of a change to achieve beautiful soft tissue balance.
Prior to this system, we had no way to measure it, and we had no way to adjust these parameters.

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See the other FAQ videos in this series at these YouTube links:
1. Why should I get surgery if I can live with the pain?

3. What advice can you offer patients who are fearful of surgery?

4. How long has Makoplasty been available?

5. How does Mako Robotic Surgery help to achieve a better outcome?

6. What is your goal with hip and knee replacement surgery?

7. What is the Stryker Mako System, Part I?

8. How long does a joint replacement last?

9. What happens after Makoplasty surgery?

10. Please explain the basic operation of the Mako system?

11. What is soft tissue balance and why is it so important?

12. What options are typically offered to joint replacement candidates?

13. I’m ready for a consultation. What should I expect?

14. What is the first thing I need to do if I am considering joint replacement?

15. How is Mako Robotic Surgery different from standard hip and knee replacement surgery?

16. What steps are taken to ensure the safest joint replacement procedure?

See all Joint Replacement Surgery FAQs on this web page:

Columbia Memorial Health
Bone & Joint Center and Advanced Orthopedics – The Hudson Valley’s MOST PRECISE knee, hip, and joint replacement surgery.
CMH surgeons are now the only orthopedic specialists in the region who perform hip and knee replacements using a state-of-the-art robotic surgical system that is far more precise than conventional surgery. Using computer modeling, a robotic instrument, and the patient’s CT images, CMH surgeons plan and perform surgeries with a degree of accuracy that’s unavailable anywhere else in the region.

Locations in:
Region – Hudson Valley
Counties – Greene, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess
Towns (care centers) – Cairo, Catskill, Chatham, Copake, Coxsackie, Ghent, Hudson, Kinderhook, Red Hook, Valatie, Windham

Bone & Joint Center – Hudson
23 Fish and Game Road
Hudson, NY 12534

Bone & Joint Center – Catskill
159 Jefferson Heights, Suite D108
Catskill, NY 12414

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