MAKOplasty® is a novel surgical procedure performed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. It is performed using robotic-arm technology that allows the surgeon to perform the surgery more precisely and tailor the procedure to your specific anatomy.
Patients suffering from Unicompartmental, bicompartmental, or tricompartmental knee disease may benefit from MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing or total knee repalcement. Patients with osteoarthritis symptoms such as knee pain associated with activity, knee swelling, knee locking and failure to respond to non-surgical treatment would be good candidates for the MAKOplasty® procedure.
Your doctor may order a few X-rays and CT scan to determine the damaged areas of the joint that need to be removed for the precise placement of the knee implant.
During the MAKOplasty® procedure, an incision is made over your knee with small incisions over your thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia). Only the diseased portion of your knee is removed, preserving the surrounding healthy bone and tissue. An implant is then secured over the prepared portion of your knee joint resulting in resolution of symptoms and a natural knee movement.
MAKOplasty ® offers the following potential benefits:
- Replaces only the arthritic portion of the joint
- More ideal joint function
- Accurate implant positioning
- Smaller incision
- Bone and tissue sparing
- Minimal hospitalization
- Rapid recovery
- Greater longevity of the implants
- MAKOplasty® is usually covered by health insurance. Your doctor will discuss the associated benefits and risks of the procedure.