When you suffer from knee pain, your lifestyle suffers too. If you have been diagnosed with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis, you may be a candidate for MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing.
MAKOplasty uses an advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that allows the surgeon to accurately target and repair only the diseased portion of the knee, saving as much of the original knee as possible.
In many cases, MAKOplasty patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter. Other potential benefits include:
- Reduced pain
- Shorter hospitalization
- More rapid recovery
- Less implant wear and loosening
- Smaller incision and scar
- Better motion and a more natural feeling knee
CLICK HERE to watch a video about MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing.
The following physicians perform MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing:
Brian Blackwood, MD with Mapleton Hill Orthopaedics,
Michael Repine, MD with Boulder Medical Center,
Frequently Asked Questions
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis and a degenerative bone disease that causes the cartilage found on healthy joints to break down removing the buffer between bones. This may cause pain during normal daily activities and can eventually cause loss of motion and poor alignment of the knees.
Am I a candidate for MAKOplasty?
Although the best treatment for each patient must be determined individually, typical MAKOplasty patients share the following characteristics:
- Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee, under the kneecap or the outer knee
- Start up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
- Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
How is MAKOplasty different from a total knee replacement?
A total knee replacement involves all three portions of the knee (inside, outside and top). MAKOplasty is a partial knee surgery that involves repairing only the diseased portion of the knee and can be performed on one compartment (inside, outside or top) or two compartments (inside and top).
Is MAKOplasty covered by my insurance?
As a knee arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers. Check with your individual provider regarding your coverage.
How long will my MAKOplasty implant last?
The life expectancy of your implant depends on several factors including your weight, activity level, bone quality and compliance with your physician’s orders. Alignment and positioning are also very important factors affecting the life expectancy of an implant. MAKOplasty allows your surgeon to achieve the optimal alignment and positioning for your implant to help it last as long as possible.
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