Surgical “Robotic Arm”
Surgical “robotic arm” takes partial knee replacement beyond minimally invasive surgery.
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, your surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing:
- Enables surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee
- Preserves healthy tissue and bone
- Facilitates optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
- Results 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 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.
Please call our physician referral service, 215-481-6334, or talk to your surgeon if you have questions.