Our orthopedic surgeons specialize in hand, shoulder, hip, knee, spine and foot procedures. Over the years, technology has allowed us to perform surgeries that are less invasive and with higher precision, leading to better outcomes with faster recovery for patients. We are also the only surgery center in the Wausau area that offers Mako robotic assisted surgery for hip and knee replacements.  Rest assured you have experienced specialists utilizing the latest technology on your side, when undergoing any procedure.

Call Bone & Joint at 800.445.6442 to request an appointment and start moving better.

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At Bone Joint, we customize an orthopedic care plan based on your needs, activity and your desired outcome. From minimally invasive surgeries to full joint replacement, we will consult, prepare and walk you through every step of the process- keeping you informed and comfortable at all times. Our team of surgeons, nurses and support staff are here to answer any question you may have.

  • Joint Replacement
  • Arthroscopy Surgery
  • Reconstruction
  • Tendon Repair
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Fusions

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Rheumatoid arthritis (we call it “RA”) is a chronic disease. It affects joints throughout your body. It commonly starts in your hands or feet. For many people, it causes problems in the feet and ankles.

Common Causes

RA is an autoimmune disease. It happens when your immune system attacks your body’s own cells. We don’t understand why this happens. It may be linked to your genes. It may be linked to something you are exposed to in your environment. And, your hormones may play a role.

Stress fractures are one or more tiny cracks in a bone. These fractures are common in the legs and feet. That’s because your legs and feet have to support your weight and absorb the forces of walking, running and jumping.

Common Causes

Stress fractures can happen if you suddenly increase a high-impact activity. Walking or running for a much longer distance than you normally do can cause it. You can develop stress fractures if you switch from a soft surface to a hard or uneven one. It can happen if you don’t wear the proper shoes, or if you have poor training techniques. Your risk is higher if you have weak bones because of a medical condition or because of a medication you take.

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Mako Robotics

Bone & Joint’s Surgical Center is the first orthopedic center in North Central Wisconsin to offer Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology for total knee and total hip joint replacement procedures.
Better results, faster recovery, and less pain are just a few of the benefits robotic-arm-assisted joint replacement surgery provides.

Robotic technology combines computer-generated precision with the skill and expertise and talent of Bone & Joint’s orthopedic surgeons to create the best results for total knee and total hip joint replacements. When undergoing a robotics-arm assisted joint replacement at Bone & Joint’s Surgery Center, patients can expect:

• Faster recovery times
• Shorter medical stays
• Less inpatient physical therapy
• Less pain after surgery, reducing the need for pain medications
• Better movement, flexion, and long-term function

These benefits result from the minimally invasive surgical characteristic of robotics accuracy. Smaller incisions reduce scarring and blood loss. There is less soft tissue damage near the surgical site and accurate and individualized placement and positioning of the implants.

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Joint replacement surgery can relieve pain and restore movement lost due to rheumatoid, post-traumatic, or osteoarthritis, avascular necrosis, or moderate joint deformities. The procedure alleviates painful bone-on-bone friction and helps people return to active lives.

During traditional joint replacement surgery, the orthopedic surgeon removes the diseased joint and replaces it with a medical-grade plastic and metal implant. Using X-rays, physical measurements, and a steady hand, a skilled orthopedic surgeon manually fits the implants to the prepared bone, aligning the joint using measurements from the patient’s body, X-rays, and visual assessment.

Most joint replacement surgeries performed in the United States use the traditional method.

  • 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.
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.
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 BoneJoint.net.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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