Swedish Orthopedic Institute first in Pacific Northwest to offer MAKO Total Knee Procedure

December 14, 2016
Swedish is transforming orthopedic care by being the first in the Pacific Northwest to offer MAKO robotic-arm assisted technology for total knee replacements. Patients suffering from degenerative knee diseases now have an alternative to traditional knee replacement surgery.  

After successfully using MAKO for partial knee replacements over the past six years, Swedish was selected as one of four sites along the West Coast to apply MAKO robotic technology to total knee replacement surgery.

"It is really exciting to be able to offer this innovative technology, which provides precision alignment and stability for our knee replacement patients,” said Dr. James Crutcher, medical director of Swedish Orthopedic Institute. “Up until now, we’ve always relied on manual instrumentation.” 

MAKO is robotically-assisted surgery that offers a high level of accuracy for joint resurfacing and replacement. The key benefits include patient-specific treatment plans with 3-D modeling derived from CT scans. This enables accurate pre-surgical planning of the implant size, orientation, and alignment. When integrated with the surgeon’s skilled hand, MAKO provides precise real-time intraoperative  balancing of knee ligaments, which optimizes stability and range of motion, and promotes a more natural feeling knee for the patient. 

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, osteoarthritis of the knee is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide. Learn more about the MAKO Total Knee procedure or call 206-386-2600 to schedule an appointment.