MAKO Surgical Corp. announced the availability of the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System for use with total hip replacements – called MAKOplasty Total Hip Arthroplasty. The system is designed to assist surgeons in more precisely aligning and positioning implants during surgery, potentially reducing complications over conventional hip replacements.
The technology employs 3-D reconstruction of the patient’s hip and a robotic arm further assists the surgeon during the operation in preparing the joint, allowing for a more optimally placed hip implant. Mal-positioning of the implant may potentially lead to increased implant wear, fracture, or dislocation. The RIO Robotic Arm system has been covered previously here at Medgadget for knee surgeries.