Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that affects the joint cartilage and the underlying bone.

It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and it’s estimated that nearly one in two people may develop symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee.

Most commonly, osteoarthritis impacts those who are middle aged or older and can cause pain and stiffness, preventing you from enjoying everyday activities.

If you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee, you may be a candidate for MAKOplasty surgery. This surgery is available for those who have early to mid-stage osteoarthritis.

What is MAKOplasty?

MAKOplasty is a robotic arm assisted procedure that is used to perform full hip replacement or partial knee resurfacing, in addition to joint resurfacing. MAKOplasty is supported by the RIO (Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System), and was designed to help patients who suffer from degenerative joint diseases. This procedure enables surgeons to reach a new level of precision using the latest technology. The RIO robotic arm provides surgeons with a 3-D model to help prepare them for the upcoming surgery, and enables them to plan the placement of the knee or hip implants prior to surgery.

MAKOplasty Procedure

The MAKOplasty procedure begins before surgery even starts. MAKOplasty customizes the procedure based on the patient’s unique anatomy. Before surgery, a CT scan is taken of the knee or hip, the images are then converted into a 3D model that allows the surgeon to plan the placement and alignment of the implant prior to surgery.

“During surgery, the robotic arm helps to provide visual, auditory, and tactile control that helps insure the precision and outcome of your surgery,” says Dr. Todd Borus.

For knee resurfacing, the RIO robotic arm helps to create a safety zone that will prevent the surgeon from taking off too much bone. For hip replacement, the system is designed to assist the surgeon in preparing the joints and placing them with accuracy. 

Benefits of MAKOplasty

This procedure results in a more accurate surgery, with typically better results.

For total hip replacement surgery, MAKOplasty cup positioning is more accurate than manual surgery and reduces the risk of dislocation, loosening, and impingement.

For partial knee replacement, the MAKOplasty partial knee implant failure rate at two years is nine times lower than that of manual surgery, and patients report less pain in the first eight weeks after surgery. MAKOplasty results in a more natural feeling knee than total knee replacement does.

MAKOplasty surgery patients also have an increased post-operative range of motion after surgery.

Who Can Benefit From MAKOplasty?

Those who suffer from osteoarthritis that has not progressed to the advanced stages may be able to benefit from a MAKOplasty procedure. If you have already sought out non-surgical options to no avail then MAKOplasty surgery might be for you. MAKOplasty surgery is a treatment that’s available to those with early to mid-stages of osteoarthritis of the knee that has not progressed to all three compartments of the knee. If you have pain while performing everyday activities, swelling in one or both knees, or joint stiffness then you should talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate for MAKOplasty.

Your knees, hips and other joints are unique only to you. There is no one-size-fits all solution when it comes to performing joint surgery. MAKOplasty surgery is designed to help give surgeons an exact idea on how to perform a surgery that will be unique to your joints. Giving you a better outcome –both now and for the long term.

At Rebound Clinic, we were one of the first orthopedic groups in the Pacific Northwest to perform MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing, as an alternative to traditional forms of total joint replacement. To date, Rebound surgeons have performed the most MAKOplasty procedures in the region. For more information on MAKOplasty, or to see if you are a candidate visit Rebound Clinic or use our online booking form to schedule an appointment.