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Learn About Avala Robotic Surgery

State-of-the-Art Robotics Facility

Avala is currently the only facility in Louisiana offering robotics-assisted surgery for total hip, total knee, partial knee, and spine surgeries. Avala caregivers are part of an elite training specializing in this technology, committed to providing shorter, less traumatic procedures with less radiation exposure and more accurate placement of implants.

  • More accurate placement of implants
  • More alignment of implants
  • Personalized surgery plan to each patient
  • Less radiation exposure
  • Faster recovery times

Avala features Stryker’s Mako technology for total hip, total knee, and partial knee procedures and Globus’ ExcelsiusGPS robot for spine procedures.

Mako Robotic-arm Assisted Technology

Each patient is unique and can experience joint pain for different reasons. It’s important to talk to an orthopaedic physician about your options. Pain from arthritis and joint degeneration can be constant or come and go, occur with movement or after a period of rest, or be located in one spot or many parts of the body. It is common for patients to try medication and other conservative treatments to treat their hip or knee pain. If you haven’t experienced adequate relief with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for Mako total hip, total knee or partial knee replacement, which may provide you with relief from your joint pain.

How Mako Technology Works

Mako robotic-arm assisted technology provides you with a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy. First, a CT scan of the diseased hip or knee joint is taken. This CT scan is uploaded into the Mako system software, where a 3D model of your hip or knee is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your joint replacement procedure.

In the operating room, your surgeon follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for the implant. The surgeon guides the robotic-arm within the pre-defined area and the Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized pre-operative plan was created. In a laboratory study, Mako total knee technology demonstrated accurate placement of implants to a personalized surgical plan. This study also showed that Mako total knee replacement demonstrated soft tissue protection to the ligaments around the knee. In patient and laboratory studies on Mako total hip and partial knee replacement, Mako technology demonstrated accurate placement of implants to a personalized surgical plan.