Mako Robotic Joint Replacement Surgery in New Braunfels

Treating Joint Pain with Minimally Invasive Technology

At Resolute Health Hospital, we know how difficult it can be to live an active life when you’re suffering from pain and discomfort. This is why we’re committed to helping our patients in New Braunfels and surrounding cities manage and treat joint pain and see them get back on their feet as soon as possible.

Using advanced technology, such as the Mako® robotic system, we offer innovative solutions and minimally invasive procedures for joint pain. This technology can provide a 3D model of the patient’s unique anatomy and allows surgeons to create a custom treatment plan based on each patient’s condition and needs.

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What Is the Mako® Robotic System?

The Mako® robotic system technology helps our orthopedic surgeons in New Braunfels at Resolute Health Hospital to perform joint replacement surgery with greater accuracy.

The Mako® system features a robotic arm to assist surgeons in reaching smaller areas during joint replacement surgery. Plus, your orthopedic surgeon can resurface or replace your joint with precision not previously available. Greater precision can often lead to a better functioning and longer-lasting joint, as well as increased patient satisfaction, reduced recovery time, shorter hospital stays and less pain.

The surgeon-controlled Mako® robotic platform for the hip and knee is just one of the ways that show Resolute Health Hospital’s commitment to advanced technology and enhanced patient experiences and outcomes.

What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?

If you’ve already tried different treatment options to reduce pain, such as medications and physical therapy, but nothing seems to work, your doctor may recommend joint replacement surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon will remove damaged or diseased parts of the patient’s joint and replace them with new, artificial parts, prosthetics or implants. These are usually made up of metal and medical-grade plastic called polyethylene or ceramic parts.

Most joint replacement surgeries are performed on the hips and knees, although other joints such as the ankles, elbows, fingers and shoulders can be replaced as well.

How Does the Mako® Robotic System Help in Joint Replacement?

The Mako® robotic system does not perform the surgery. As mentioned, it has a robotic arm that orthopedic doctors use to guide and perform surgeries within the predefined area. It helps surgeons fit implants on the parts of the joint that need to be replaced. This advanced technology also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to the surgical plan as needed during the operation.

How Long Will the Artificial Joint Last?

Artificial joints may last up to 25 years. However, it’s good to note that performance and lifespan usually can vary per person, depending on your lifestyle. It may also be affected by wear and tear caused by movements. Younger patients may need to have their artificial joints revised at some point in their lifetime

Conditions and Injuries that May Need a Joint Replacement Surgery

Orthopedic doctors may recommend a joint replacement surgery on the following conditions and injuries:

  • Osteoarthritis – happens when the cartilage within a joint starts to break down, and the underlying bones begin to change, which may lead to pain, swelling and stiffness. 
  • Bone tumors – are formed when the cells in a bone divide and develop a lump or mass of abnormal tissue. 
  • Osteonecrosis – is a bone disease that may cause the death of bone tissues and the joints that surround the bone to collapse. 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease that may cause joint pain, damage and swelling. 
  • Non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease
  • Loss of joint cartilage 

Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Surgery

Surgeries are significant life events, so it’s crucial to prepare yourself physically, mentally, financially and emotionally. Asking the following questions to your doctor or the hospital staff can help you plan ahead of your appointment:

  • What documents or items do I need to prepare before being admitted to the hospital?
  • What type of anesthesia will I receive?
  • What type of implants or prosthetics will the surgeon use?
  • Will this be covered by my health insurance?
  • How long will the surgery take?
  • How long will I stay in the hospital?
  • How long will my recovery take?
  • How can I manage pain after surgery?

How to Prepare for a Joint Replacement Surgery

Here are some of the things you need to do to prepare for your minimally invasive joint replacement surgery:

  • Try to lose weight by watching your food intake or by engaging in light exercises if you are obese or overweight. Carrying extra weight puts additional stress on your joints.
  • Strengthen your upper body. This will be most beneficial if you are advised to use crutches or a walker after the surgery.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking may slow down your recovery and may increase your risk for infection.
  • Don’t drink alcohol at least 48 hours before surgery.
  • Consider modifying your home to make your life more comfortable and some of your items more accessible after surgery. You may hire someone to install assistive items, such as a shower bench, handrails, etc.
  • Remove items that may cause you to trip or fall, such as electrical cords and area rugs.

What Happens After the Joint Replacement Surgery?

After the procedure, your doctor may require you to stay in the hospital for a few days depending on age, comorbidities or any condition you have related to the affected joint. Your doctor will also be the one who’ll give the green light when it is safe for you to go home. If you feel pain or initial discomfort in the replaced joint, don’t panic. It’s normal because your body is still going through healing, and your muscles are still weak from inactivity.

After the surgery, you may experience pain for up to several weeks, while swelling may last for two to three weeks. It may persist for up to three to six months. Bruising may also occur one to two weeks after the surgery.

Choose Robotic Joint Replacement Surgery in Resolute Health

Resolute Health Hospital invests in your quality of life. We use advanced technology, including the Mako® robotic system, to give you more treatment options that can help you get back the life you deserve sooner than you thought. Whether you need a hip, knee or another type of joint replacement, you can count on our experts and the technology we use.

Your orthopedic doctor may advise you to undergo specific tests, such as a computed tomography (CT) scan, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), provocative arthrography, pain mapping or some other tests to determine if this is the right treatment option for you. Call

830-500-6900 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

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