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Stryker Mako: Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery

A cutting-edge procedure for knee surgery

Surgery can feel like an overwhelming prospect, but we offer a new service that will help alleviate any concerns you have about having joint surgery.

Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery is one of the most advanced orthopedic procedures. It allows surgeons to perform a partial resurfacing, targeting only the arthritic portion of the knee while preserving the healthy bone and tissue. It is less invasive than other procedures so your recovery time is drastically shortened.

When you hear ‘robotic-arm assisted technology,’ it’s important to understand that the Mako Robotic-Arm does not perform the actual surgery. Surgery is performed by an Orthopedic Surgeon, who uses the Mako System software to pre-plan your surgery.

Your orthopedic surgeon will guide the robotic-arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage. Then the surgeon will insert your joint implant. Mako Technology was designed to help surgeons provide patients with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy.


It begins with a CT Scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model to create your personalized pre-operative plan.


Your surgeon guides the robotic-arm within the plan’s predefined area and the Mako System helps him stay within the planned boundaries. The Mako System allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed.


Your surgeon, nurses, and physical therapists will set goals with you to get you back on the move.


The first surgery performed with the Mako Robotic-Arm at East Cooper Medical Center was in 2013. We were the first in the state of South Carolina to perform a Mako Partial Knee, Total Knee, and Total Hip Replacement. East Cooper is the most experienced Mako facility for total joint replacement in South Carolina.



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