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Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Now Offering Mako SmartRobotics™ for Hip and Knee Replacements

Dr. Aaron Butler performs a knee replacement procedure using robotic-assisted technology
Dr. Aaron Butler performs a knee replacement procedure using robotic-assisted technology.

At Tomah Health, we’re transforming healthcare with exciting new technology that helps surgeons know more and cut less. Our state-of-the-art robotic arm, called Mako SmartRobotics™, offers you a more personalized experience for total knee and hip replacements.

A Surgical Plan That’s Right For You

Mako SmartRobotics™ is an innovative solution for many suffering from painful arthritis of the knee or hip. Mako uses 3D CT-based planning software so your surgeon can know more about your anatomy to create a personalized joint replacement surgical plan. This 3D model is used to preplan and assist your surgeon in performing your joint replacement procedure.

During the Surgery

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 AccuStop™ technology helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized preoperative plan was created. By guiding your doctor during surgery, Mako’s AccuStop™ technology allows your surgeon to cut less by cutting precisely what’s planned to help protect your healthy bone.

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

Mako SmartRobotics™ machineBenefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery

In addition to a more personalized procedure, you’ll experience additional benefits from robotic-assisted surgery including:

  • Precise planning helps preserve healthy bone and soft tissue
  • Real-time adjustments during the procedure
  • Less blood loss and reduced scaring
  • Less post-operative pain (typically) than with other methods
  • Quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay

For additional information and to find out if you’re a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery, contact Dr. Aaron Butler at (608) 372-4111, or talk to your local healthcare provider.


Dr. Butler did my total right knee replacement, and I would highly recommend him. I’m also going to have my left knee done at Tomah Health. – Maryah, Orthopedic Patient

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