What is a MAKOplasty Partial Knee Replacement?
Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease that destroys joint bone and cartilage. The knee joint is particularly susceptible to osteoarthritis because it is the largest joint in the body and it experiences a great deal of stress while standing, walking, and running. Knee osteoarthritis symptoms include:
- Pain and swelling
- Decreased range of motion
Nonsurgical treatment options treat mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis. Surgery is usually recommended to treat severe knee osteoarthritis.
Partial knee replacement surgery. A partial knee replacement is a surgery that replaces part of the knee joint. A partial knee replacement is an ideal procedure for patients who only have osteoarthritis localized to one side of their knee. Advantages of partial knee replacement surgery include less surgical trauma, less postoperative pain, and a faster recovery.
MAKOplasty partial knee replacement surgery. MAKO is a system used to help surgeons perform partial knee replacement surgery. MAKO allows surgeons to:
- Plan for surgery. MAKO software takes images from a CT scan and produces a 3D virtual model of your knee.
- Perform surgery. Surgeons control a MAKO robot to perform surgery. Osteoarthritic bone is removed without removing any healthy bone. Plastic and metal implants are perfectly placed and fixated.
The procedure is performed on an inpatient basis. A 1-2 hospital night stay is usually necessary. Physical therapy after surgery helps you regain knee strength and function. Pain is dramatically reduced after surgery, function improves tremendously. You are able to live a normal, pain-free life with minimal restrictions.
At Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OIO) our Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained knee specialists Dr. John Tozzi and Dr. Gregory Roehrig are experts in MAKOplasty partial knee replacement procedures.