MAKO Joint Replacement – the MAKO Difference

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MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology is an innovative solution for many suffering from painful arthritis of the knee or hip. Using a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy and a robotic arm, MAKO helps Dr. Robert Lupo plan and perform your joint replacement surgery.

Mini Hip Replacement for Better Quality of Life

Dr. Robert Lupo offers mini hip replacement surgeries that repair hip damage with only a small, cosmetically-pleasing incision. If you are a candidate for this procedure, you will enjoy a faster recovery, more stable hip joint, reduced pain, and of course a very minimal scar as well. Using the MAKO technology, we leverage 3D modeling capabilities and a precise robotic arm to conduct surgery.

Our beautiful new facility is the perfect place to say goodbye to your debilitating hip pain and begin your rehabilitation journey for a better quality of life in just a few short weeks.

Hip Replacement Information

Hip Replacement Evaluation

If pain and mobility in the hip have become a lasting issue for you, it may be time for a hip replacement. You may also experience stiffening of the hip area or the inability to bend. Dr. Robert Lupo can evaluate your hip function to determine if you qualify for a mini hip replacement procedure. This type of hip replacement is common for individuals with osteoarthritis or osteoporosis-induced fractures, or other conditions that lend themselves to a smaller surgical opening.

Hip Replacement Surgery

A mini hip replacement is very similar to a regular hip replacement surgery, except that it requires only a small incision to be made. This also protects the abductor muscles from needing to be cut, which are very critical to walking and stability.

Mini hip surgery can be direct anterior or direct superior approaches to hip replacement. Performed under general anesthesia, the surgeon will replace the socket in the pelvic bone with a prosthetic socket, and fix it in place using screws if required. Once this step is complete, the surgeon will also remove any portion of the femur bone that has been damaged by joint disease. Then, a small canal will be created in the femur to hold a prosthetic stem and ball, recreating the hip joint.

In clinical studies, MAKO Hip Replacements resulted in:

  • More accurate placement and alignment of hip implants based on the surgical plan
  • Preservation of healthy bone
  • Less likelihood of hip dislocation
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Replication of the feeling of a natural hip

Hip Replacement Post-Operative Care

With mini hip replacement surgery, the hospital stay is much shorter and less invasive. Some bleeding and bruising near the incision may be present for a few days. You will likely be able to walk in the first days following your surgery, and you can expect to return to your regular daily activities within six to twelve weeks.

To be evaluated for hip replacement by Dr. Robert Lupo, call 814-454-2401.


*Results may vary for individual patients and are not guaranteed.