What Is MAKOplasty®?
MAKOplasty 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, the surgeon can resurface your knee 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. Because healthy bone is preserved, the patient who undergoes 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 a patient 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 preoperative 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 preoperative and postoperative instructions by your surgeon or his/her staff.
As a knee arthroplasty 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.
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