MAKOplasty®

MAKOplasty® is a surgical procedure for partial knee or direct anterior hip replacement using a RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System developed by MAKO Surgical Corp. RIO is cleared by the FDA for use in surgical knee and hip procedures, in which the use of stereotactic surgery may be appropriate, and where reference to rigid anatomical bony structures can be identified relative to a CT-based model of anatomy.

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What is MAKOplasty®?

MAKOplasty® is a robotic arm assisted partial knee, hip and direct anterior hip replacement procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the part of your knee and hip damaged by OA, your surgeon can resurface your knee or hip while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing Can:

  • Enable surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee
  • Preserve healthy tissue and bone
  • Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
  • Result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement surgery
 

Unlike other more invasive procedures, MAKOplasty® can often be performed through a four to six inch incision over your knee with small incisions in both your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin). Additionally the preservation of your own natural bone and tissue along with more ideal patient specific implant positioning may also result in a more natural feeling knee. And since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKOplasty® partial knee procedures may still be a candidate for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.

The MAKOplasty® procedure is indicated for patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease. A total replacement is sometimes necessary if your surgeon discovers during surgery that your knee has more damage than originally seen in the pre-operative X-rays and CT scan.

Your physician should discuss the specific risks associated with MAKOplasty® and other treatment options with you. In addition, you should be informed of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions by your surgeon or his or her staff.

As a partial knee replacement procedure, MAKOplasty® is typically covered by Medicare insurers. Check with your private health insurers. In some cases it may be performed on an outpatient basis depending on what your surgeon determines is the right course of treatment for you.

MAKOplasty® Direct Anterior Hip Replacement in combination with robotic technology allows for:

  • Smaller incisions and no cutting of muscle
  • Faster recovery times
  • Extremely low dislocaton rate compared to traditional methods
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