MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing/replacement is a treatment option for those living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis in either the medial (inner), patellofemoral (top), or both compartments of the knee. If osteoarthritis is present in all three compartments of the knee, it is considered advanced and you would not be a candidate for partial knee resurfacing.
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.
A minimally-invasive procedure, MAKOplasty® can often be performed through a four to six inch incision over the knee with small incisions in both the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin). 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 or bicompartmental 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.