Beyond Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement
This highly advanced, minimally invasive procedure, which saves as much of the original knee as possible, offers a new option to treat knee osteoarthritis. “Unlike traditional knee replacement surgery, our robotic arm technology allows us to totally customize the procedure to an individual’s knee, sparing healthy bone and tissue,” says Andrew M. Star, MD, medical director, OSI.
The technology enables surgeons to more precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee, while also precisely positioning the implant.
How MAKOplasty® Works
In partial knee replacement, components must be aligned as perfectly as possible to balance with the remaining joint and ligaments. “Computer guidance allows us to accurately evaluate the knee and the robot offers much more,” according to Dr. Star. “The robotic arm marries computer guidance with pre-operative CT scans, allowing us to more precisely plan out the surgery in advance.
“The robot is really a means to carry out the plan provided by the computer guidance system,” he says. “It completely eliminates the need to use measurement tools which formerly required surgeons to make a larger and more invasive cut into the soft tissue to accommodate them.”
Benefits of MAKOplasty for Patients
The preservation of the natural bone and tissue, together with ideal patient-specific implant positioning, may result in a more natural feeling knee. Since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKOplasty partial knee procedure maybe be able to delay total knee replacement until later in life, if it becomes necessary.
Am I a Candidate for This Type of Knee Replacement?
Often people under 65 experience arthritis in just one portion of the knee. Ideally, the MAKOplasty procedure is indicated for patients suffering from “unicompartmental” or partial knee disease. This surgical procedure is a good option for life-long athletes who experience over-use injuries.
This partial knee replacement procedure offers:
- Less post-operative pain
- Rapid recovery and quicker return to an active lifestyle
- Shorter hospital stay
- More natural-feeling knee
- Smaller incision