Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery Advances Total Joint Replacement 

Bone & Joint is the first to offer Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery™, the latest advancement in robotic technology, in Central Wisconsin. This new surgical approach to joint replacement offers a higher level of customization and precision for implant alignment and positioning.

 How does it work?


  • Surgeons create a patient-specific 3-D plan that uses a CT scan to guide the reconstruction.
  • The personalized 3-D plan takes into account each patient’s specific anatomy and ligament balance.
  • During the operation, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to assist in performing the surgery.
  • The surgeon guides the robotic-arm within the predefined area, and the robotic arm technology helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries.

What is Mako?

Stryker’s Mako Robotic Arm Assisted Surgery™ is the next generation of robotic surgery and joint replacement. The robot offers a higher level of customization and accuracy for implant alignment and positioning within a total hip or total knee.

How do I set up surgery?

Request an appointment with one of Bone & Joint’s Mako-certified surgeons (Drs. Keele, Martin, Priebe, Thiel) to see if a Mako Total Hip or Total Knee robotic-arm assisted surgery is right for you. Call us today to request an appointment for your consultation at 800.445.6442 or visit 

What are the advantages of the robot?

The technology allows surgeons to create a patient-specific 3D plan that uses a CT scan to guide the reconstruction plan, taking into account each patient’s specific anatomy and ligament balance, to complete the surgery with a high degree of accuracy. The surgeon guides the Mako Robotic-Arm within the predefined area and the Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined in the patient-specific pre-operative plan. The computer navigated surgery also protects the patient against further soft-tissue damage with its high level of accuracy. 

Who should get this surgery?

Total hip or total knee replacement is intended for use in individuals with joint disease resulting from degenerative, rheumatoid and post-traumatic arthritis. It is also intended for those suffering from moderate deformity of the knee or hip. 

Is Mako covered by health insurance?

Bone & Joint’s prior authorization team will work with your insurance plan to verify your specific coverage. 

How long has the Mako procedure been available?

The first Mako procedure was a partial knee replacement performed in June 2006. Since that time, more than 83,000 Mako hip and knee replacement procedures have been performed around the world. 

Does the Mako robotic-arm actually perform the surgery?

The Mako Robotic-Arm doesn’t actually perform surgery. Surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon, who uses the Mako System software to pre-plan your surgery. During surgery, the Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined in the personalized pre-operative plan. Your orthopedic surgeon will guide the Mako Robotic-Arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage. Then the surgeon will insert the full hip or knee replacement. 

How long do hip and knee implants last?

Each person is unique in their anatomy and recovery time; not all patients will have the same postoperative recovery and activity level. The lifetime of a hip or knee replacement varies with each individual person.

What can I expect after surgery?

After surgery, your surgeon, nurses and physical therapists will set goals with you to get you back on the move. We will closely monitor your condition and progress to return to optimal function. 

Where is the surgery performed?


Mako Robotic-Arm assisted surgery for total hip and knee joint replacements is performed at Bone & Joint’s Surgery Center inside its main Wausau campus, located at 225000 Hummingbird Rd. Wausau, WI 54401                            

If you still have questions, please give us a call at 800-445-6442 and we'll provide the answers.

724 South 8th St.
Medford, WI 54451

100 Eagle Dr.
Merrill, WI 54452

1767 Park Ave.
Plover, WI 54467

225000 Hummingbird Rd.
Wausau, WI 54401

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