If a badly damaged or arthritic joint is hampering your days, a joint replacement can be a positively life-changing solution to help you improve your mobility and quality of life. With multiple locations in Lincoln Park and Chicago, Illinois, highly accomplished orthopedic surgeon, Vasili Karas, MD, MS, utilizes the revolutionary Mako® robotic-assisted technology to perform joint replacement procedures more effectively and safely than ever before. Schedule your personal consultation over the phone or use the online booking tool today.
A joint forms where the ends of two or more bones connect. There are different types of joints in your body.
A total joint replacement is a surgical procedure where parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a ceramic, plastic, or metal device (prosthesis). The artificial joint is specially designed to function and act just like your normal, healthy joint.
Dr. Karas uses the Mako robotic-assisted surgical technology to provide knee and hip joint replacement procedures that are advanced, safer, and more effective than traditional joint replacements.
Your hips are ball-and-socket joints where the rounded end of one bone (ball) fits into the cup-shaped area of another bone (socket). Your knee is a hinge joint with an impressive ability to bend and straighten like a hinged door.
Why would I need a joint replacement?
Various conditions can lead to joint pain and disability, such as an injury or arthritis. If this persistent impaired functioning and pain inhibit your daily life, you might want to consider a joint replacement.
A joint replacement can be especially beneficial when nonsurgical treatments like lifestyle changes and medications aren’t getting results and providing relief.
Mako robotic-assisted surgical technology allows Dr. Karas to provide you with a personalized surgical plan that’s tailored to your unique anatomy. Dr. Karas takes a CT scan of your damaged joint and uploads it into the Mako system software where a 3D model of your joint is created.
Dr. Karas uses this model when planning and performing your surgery. The Mako technology involves a robotic arm and a highly advanced system. Dr. Karas uses the robotic arm while preparing your joint and positioning the implant based on your personalized pre-operative plan.
When Dr. Karas prepares your bone for the implant, the Mako system guides Dr. Karas within the predefined area and prevents him from moving outside the planned boundaries, while he prepares your bone for the implant.
The Mako technology allows Dr. Karas to remove the damaged cartilage and bone from your joint and place the prosthetic components with improved accuracy.
If you have questions about a joint replacement procedure with the innovative Mako technology, call Dr. Karas or schedule an appointment online.