MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for adults living with arthritic knees, who are in early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA). It is powered by MAKO’s RIO™ robotic arm system which allows for consistently reproducible precision in performing partial knee resurfacing.
During the MAKOplasty® procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.
Watch the video below for an overview of MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing.
Although the best treatment for each patient must be determined individually, typical MAKOplasty® patients share the following characteristics:
MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing can:
MAKOplasty® can be performed as either an inpatient procedure or on an outpatient basis depending on what your surgeon determines is the right course of treatment for you. Hospital stays can average anywhere from one to three days. If the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, patients return home the same day.
In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.
Before surgery, a CT scan is taken of the patient's knee, and a 3D model created using the RIO system's software. From this model, a pre-surgical plan is developed for the positioning of implants based on that patient's unique anatomy.
To ensure implants are optimally positioned and that the soft tissues of the knee are balanced for a good surgical outcome, surgeons can test and fine tune the plan before surgery by moving the leg through different ranges of motion. The RIO provides measurements and visualization, and the surgeon adjusts the plan as needed.
Once the surgical plan is finalized, it is programmed into the RIO, which creates a safety zone for bone removal. While the surgeon guides the robotic arm and is in control of it at all times, the RIO ensures that bone removal stays with the safety zone of the surgical plan, providing auditory, visual and tactile feedback, stopping the robotic arm if necessary before bone can be removed outside the planned area. Once the bone preparation is complete, the implants are placed in the knee.
Like other knee arthroplasty procedures, MAKOplasty® is covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurance providers.
Please speak with your physician to determine your healthcare benefits, and if MAKOplasty® may be the right treatment option for you.
The life expectancy of all implants depends on several factors including the patient’s weight, activity level, quality of bone stock and compliance with their physician’s orders. Proper implant alignment and precise positioning during surgery are also very important factors that can improve the life expectancy of an implant.
Through the use of MAKO's RIO™ robotic arm system, implants can be optimally aligned and positioned to ensure the longest benefit. RESTORIS® MCK implants enable the treatment of one or two compartments with OA disease. With single compartment disease, a second compartment may be treated in the future if OA spreads.
In addition, because very little bone is actually removed during a MAKOplasty® procedure, the implants can be replaced with another procedure such as a total knee replacement, if necessary.
Download and print the MAKOplasty® brochure and bring it with you to your next doctor's appointment.
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