MAKOplasty is a new surgical technique allowing partial knee resurfacing to be a minimally invasive procedure. MAKOplasty allows your South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine surgeon to use a robotic arm to gain easier access to the damaged area and resurface the knee without impacting the healthy bone.
If you’re suffering from osteoarthritis, partial knee resurfacing can be used to stop the spread of the disease before a partial or total knee replacement is required. Due to the minimally invasive nature of this technology and the smaller incision in the knee, partial knee resurfacing using MAKOplasty allows for shorter hospital stays and accelerated recovery time. A majority 0f patients experience significant pain relief and improved mobility following a partial knee resurfacing with MAKOplasty.
MAKOplasty and Partial Knee Resurfacing
Partial knee resurfacing with MAKOplasty is used to treat osteoarthritis and other conditions causing the damage to the knee. Partial knee resurfacing allows the surgeon to eliminate the damaged sections of the bone without removing any healthy segments. While partial knee resurfacing may prevent additional surgery in the future, before this strategy is used all non-surgical options, such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication, will be explored to try and alleviate pain. This type of procedure targets a specific region of the knee and requires precision provided by the use of the MAKOplasty robotic arm. With the help of this technology, your surgeon can create a smaller incision and avoid a more invasive procedure, thus allowing a shorter recovery time.
A small incision is made in the knee to allow the surgeon to access the bone. MAKOplasty creates a specific path for the surgeon to follow during resurfacing to ensure that only damaged bone is removed, as well as accurately measuring the area to determine the size of the new implant. Once the bone has been resurfaced, the surgeon will use bone cement to insert the plastic implant replacing the damaged bone.
With the assistance of physical therapy, MAKOplasty partial bone resurfacing will allow you to resume their active lifestyle without the pain caused by osteoarthritis.
Results of MAKOplasty Partial Bone Resurfacing
Once resurfaced, joints are able to move smoothly and restore the functionality of the knee. Physical therapy becomes an essential part of the treatment plan and creates a pathway to improved mobility and strength. The pain of osteoarthritis is improved in a majority of patients and, with the help of physical therapy, complete recovery time can be as short as 6-12 weeks.