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MAKOplasty® Technology

Arthritis and Hip Replacement

MAKOplasty® total hip replacement is the latest precision surgery that can help improve your mobility.

MAKOplasty® total hip replacement is an innovative surgery performed using the highly advanced, surgeon-controlled RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. This procedure allows surgeons to achieve a new level of accuracy in implant alignment and positioning, which are important factors affecting surgical outcomes and implant lifespans. Often the result means restored mobility and a faster return to your active lifestyle.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Putnam Hospital Center are the only hospitals in the Hudson Valley and the Capital District to offer MAKOplasty®.

MAKOplasty® Benefits

The advanced precision techniques of MAKOplasty® total hip replacement offer numerous benefits over traditional total hip replacement surgery:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Easier to achieve acceptable leg length restoration
  • Helps extend the lifespan of your implants
  • Can lead to restored mobility

How MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement Works

Total hip replacement consists of two parts: removing diseased bone in the acetabulum, which is then fit with a cup and liner, and replacing the femoral head with new head and stem components. One of the most important factors in a successful hip replacement is accurate placement and alignment of implant parts. The RIO® robotic arm helps your surgeon place the implants in the desired location, providing a good, stable biomechanical reconstruction and acceptable leg length restoration.

Before surgery, RIO® enables your surgeon to plan the implant positioning by providing a 3D model of your pelvis and femur based on your CT scan. During surgery, the surgeon guides the RIO® robotic arm to position the implants. Real-time data and images allow the surgeon to make intraoperative adjustments as necessary.

The result is a higher level of patient-specific implant alignment and positioning that accurately reproduces the surgical plan. Such precision can be difficult to achieve using traditional manual techniques.

What to Expect as a Patient

A hospital stay for a total hip replacement is determined by your MAKOplasty® surgeon, but is typically 1 to 3 days. Your surgeon will also determine what physical therapy may be prescribed for you.

Lifespan of MAKOplasty® Implant

All implants have a life expectancy that depends on several factors, including the patient’s weight, activity level, quality of bone and compliance with his/her physician’s orders. Through the use of the RIO® robotic arm system, implants may be more optimally aligned and positioned, thus prolonging their lifespan.

Educational Seminars

Vassar Brothers Medical Center offers an informational seminar to introduce you to MAKOplasty® total hip replacement and to see if it is right for you. See upcoming events.


This procedure is typically covered by all insurances, including Medicare.

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Get to know these robotic surgery surgeons by watching their introductory videos and reading their bios. They have performed hundreds of successful robotic surgeries and are specially trained and certified to perform MAKOplasty® total hip replacements

Orthopedic Center of Excellence
45 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 483-6088
The Orthopaedic Institute
670 Stoneleigh Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512
(877) ORTHO-ONE (678-4666)