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Patient Info NEW Robotic Arm Assisted Surgery

Dr. Thor is the first in the area to perform Robotic-Arm assisted knee replacement surgery.

Robotic-arm assisted knee replacement


Clayton C. Thor, M.D. is the first orthopedic surgeon in the area to perform the Mako Robotic-arm assisted surgery for knee replacements. He is certified and trained on the Mako system for both partial and total knee replacements.


-Precise Bone Cuts

-Perfectly Balanced Knee

-Faster recovery

-Personalized Plan

-First in the Area

How the system works:

A 3D virtual model of your knee is created via a CT Scan. Dr. Thor can perfectly balance your knee and make precise bone cuts every time with the assistance of the robotic arm.   Dr. Thor cannot cut outside a pre-defined area through the help of this system. This spares soft tissue and allows for faster recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How long has this procedure been an option?
A: This is the first procedure of its kind available in the area, but the first Mako procedure was a partial knee replacement performed in June of 2006. 

Q: Does the  robotic-arm actually perform surgery?
A: No, the robotic-arm doesn’t perform surgery, nor can it make decisions on its own or move without the surgeon guiding it.

Q: Do the implants last as long as normal ones?
A: Yes, the implant is expected to last just as long, if not longer than others.

Q: Does Insurance cover this procedure?
A: This is treated like any other piece of equipment that would be used in the operating room, so most insurances do cover it. Check with your health insurance provider to verify your specific coverage.


Click here to read the Press Release about this new technology! 

  • The Mako System is the first and only robotic technology that can be used across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.
  • Transforms the way total knee replacements are performed.
  • Enables surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience
  • Surgeons can create a personalized surgical plan through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy 


Call for a consultation to see if you would be a good candidate for this new approach!

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