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Robotic Joint Replacement

Dr. Christopher W. Palmer, DO is an orthopedic surgeon in Fenton, Missouri who specializes in robotic joint replacement surgery.

He has specialized training in Mako SmartRobotics System which he employs to perform total hip, total knee, and partial knee replacement surgery in a minimally invasive manner with a high degree of precision resulting in better outcomes.

Dr. Christopher W. Palmer, DO demonstrates using the MAKO Robot for joint replacement surgery
How Mako Works

Mako is an innovative solution for many suffering from painful arthritis of the knee or hip.

Scan. It all starts with a CT scan so your surgeon can know more about your anatomy.

Plan. The CT scan is used to create a 3D CT-based model of your joint. Your surgeon uses this 3D model to create a personalized surgical plan and assist your surgeon in performing your joint replacement procedure.

Mako Can. In the operating room, your surgeon follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for the implant. The surgeon guides Mako’s robotic arm within the predefined area, and Mako’s AccuStopTM technology helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized preoperative plan was created.

It’s important to understand that the surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon, who guides Mako’s robotic arm during the surgery to position the implant in the knee and hip joints. Mako does not perform surgery, make decisions on its own or move without the surgeon guiding it. Mako also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed.

Mako for Total Hip Replacement

is intended for patients who suffer from noninflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease (DJD). Some forms of DJD include osteoarthritis (OA), post-traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), avascular necrosis (AVN) and hip dysplasia.

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Mako for Total Knee Replacement

is a treatment option for adults living with mid- to late-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. With a Mako Total Knee replacement, the entire knee joint is replaced, and the surgeon inserts a Triathlon Total Knee implant. With over a decade of clinical history, Triathlon knee replacements are different than traditional knee replacements because they are designed to work with the body to promote natural-like circular motion.4-6

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Benefits of Robotic Joint Replacement
  • Patient Specific Joint Replacement
  • Improved Precision
  • Smaller incisions
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced tissue injury/scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay and faster recovery
  • Improved implant longevity
  • High patient satisfaction
Locations & Directions
Signature Orthopedics - Fenton
  • 1011 Bowles Avenue
    Suite 100
    Fenton, MO 63026

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Signature Orthopedics - South County
  • 12639 Old Tesson Road
    Suites 100 and 115
    St. Louis, MO 63128

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