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Mako Partial Knee Resurfacing

Partial Knee Resurfacing Through Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology

What is Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery?

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery is a robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, your surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery partial knee application 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 Mako 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 mako partial knee application may still be a candidate for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.

The Mako 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 Mako 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.

Am I a Candidate for Makoplasty Partial Knee Replacement?


Mako Technology
may be the right
treatment option
for you.

If you've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis(OA) of the knee, you may be a candidate for Mako -- a robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve pain and restore range of motion. Mako is an innovative treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not progressed to all three compartments of the knee.

Symptoms of OA of the knee include:

  • Pain while standing or walking short distances, climbing up or downstairs, or getting in and out of chairs
  • Pain with activity
  • Start up pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
  • Joint stiffness after getting out of bed
  • Swelling in one or more areas of the knee
  • A grating sensation or crunching feeling in the knee during use

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