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Joint replacement

If joint pain is keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, it may be time to consider joint replacement surgery. At Prosser Memorial Health, we perform knee and hip replacements using the latest advancements in technology.

A new knee or hip may be the key to relieving your joint pain. And having surgery closer to home can make getting your follow-up care much easier.

We have a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who is highly skilled in using Mako robotic-arm assisted technology to replace worn out hips and knees. Mako allows the doctor to create a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy. The benefits may include a longer-lasting joint that has improved range of motion, as well as an easier and faster recovery for you.

Almost all of the hip and knee replacement surgeries we perform are done using Mako. However, we can also perform traditional joint replacement surgery in cases where it's the best choice for you.

How Mako robotic knee and hip replacement works

The Mako system helps surgeons replace a knee or hip joint with a high degree of accuracy. The system includes a robotic arm that assists the surgeon with the operation. First, a CT scan is taken of your diseased hip or knee joint. The scan is uploaded into the Mako system software, which creates a 3-D model of your hip or knee showing where the new joint components will go. Your surgeon uses this 3-D model to pre-plan and as a guide during your procedure.

In the operating room, your surgeon follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the joint for the implant. The surgeon guides the robotic arm to position the implant in your knee or hip joint, making adjustments to your surgical plan as needed. The robotic arm does not perform the surgery, make decisions on its own or move without the surgeon guiding it.

Total knee vs. partial knee replacement

The most common cause of joint pain and damage is osteoarthritis (OA). Based on the severity of your arthritis, you may be given the option of a partial knee replacement. Here's a quick comparison:

  • Mako robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement is a for adults living with early to mid-stage OA that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. This procedure also involves our orthopedic surgeon guiding the Mako robotic arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage, but the surgeon does not replace the entire joint.
  • Mako robotic-arm assisted total knee replacement is for adults living with mid to late-stage OA of the knee. With total knee replacement, the entire knee joint is replaced and the surgeon inserts a triathlon total knee implant, which is designed to move more naturally than a traditional knee replacement.

Are you a candidate for joint replacement?

Many patients first try medication and other conservative treatments to treat their hip or knee pain. But if those treatment options haven't relieved your joint pain enough, you may be a candidate for Mako total hip, total knee or partial knee replacement. Each patient is unique and can experience joint pain for different reasons, though, so it's important to talk to us about the cause of your joint pain so you can understand the treatment options available to you.

Call to make an appointment

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our orthopedic surgeon, please call Prosser Orthopedic Center at 509.786.5599.