What is MAKOplasty?
MAKOplasty is a robotic-assisted surgical procedure that doctors recommend to patients with knee and hip pain. The procedure is mostly used to treat knee osteoarthritis. MAKOplasty is a partial knee resurfacing procedure that gives orthopedics an alternative to the conventional total knee replacement. The procedure is less invasive and recommended to patients with early to mid-stages of knee osteoarthritis. Doctors may opt for total knee replacement if the case of osteoarthritis is severe or in the last stages.
MAKOplasty is the preferred alternative when non-surgical treatments fail. An orthopedic surgeon may recommend MAKOplasty if you experience pain in the inner knee during certain activities. Orthopedic surgeons also recommend the treatment if your knee pains you as you stand from a sitting position or after walking for a short distance. The procedure is also recommended if you experience knee swelling and/or knee locking.
How MAKOplasty works:
Orthopedic surgeons use robotic technology during the knee surgery procedure to select the damaged part of the knee. The procedure starts with a CT scan to determine the size and position of the implant needed to replace the damaged part. MAKOplasty procedures use a robotic arm system that enables surgeons to resurface or select the diseased knee part accurately. Hence, the healthy bone and tissues are untouched during the procedure. Surgeons require four to six inch incisions to perform the procedures. Some surgeons use two to three inch incisions. The optimal implant prepared earlier is positioned and aligned carefully to replace the removed part.
MAKOplasty procedures are fast and less invasive. The robotic surgery is offered as an outpatient treatment in some hospitals. You spend less time at the hospital when undergoing this procedure compared to the total knee replacement procedure. The recovery process is fast. Robotic-assisted surgical procedures are very accurate. Surgeons determine the right size of the implant required and avoid resurfacing any healthy part of the bone or tissue. MAKOplasty enables surgeons to place the implant in an optimal position, which makes your knee feel natural after recovery. You will be able to resume your daily activities within a few weeks after knee surgery. MAKOplasty procedures are associated with less blood loss and smaller scars compared to traditional knee surgical procedures.
The lifespan of MAKOplasty implants:
The lifespan of implants used in MAKOplasty procedures vary based the patient’s level of activity, weight and bone stock. The lifespan also depends on the patient’s compliance with the post-op care instructions. The position and alignment of the implant influence its lifespan as well. Hence, it is advisable to seek this treatment option from qualified and certified orthopedic surgeons.