Robotic Orthopedic Surgery

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Joint Replacement

Robotic surgery deviceThe orthopedic surgeons at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin offer robotic-assisted partial knee replacement for patients with osteoarthritis and robotic-assisted hip replacements for patients with degenerative hip disease.
The Robotic-assisted Surgery System
For viable surgery candidates, UW Hospital and Clinics orthopedic surgeons use the MAKOplasty® System for partial knee replacements and total hip replacements.
Prior to joint replacement surgery, patients undergo a computed tomography (CT) scan to construct a three-dimensional model of the surgical area. During surgery, the surgical robot interprets the information provided by the CT scan and guides the surgeon in preparing the implant point and positioning the implant.
The primary advantage of the robotic-assisted procedure is accuracy and precision. Accurate alignment and positioning of implants are critical factors in joint replacement procedures. The surgical robot provides a stable environment for joint replacement and clear, accurate information about the damaged joint that the surgeon can use for optimum implantation.

Benefits of Robotic-assisted Orthopedic Surgery


In both the partial knee replacement and hip replacement procedures, the precision of robotic-assisted surgery allows for:

  • More accurate implant positioning, which can result in a more natural feeling after surgery
  • Improved safety and reduced risk of injury to adjacent tissues
  • The potential for better long-term function 
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