Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology (Makoplasty) for Partial Knee Replacement

Lafayette General Orthopedic Surgeon

The orthopaedic specialists at Lafayette General Orthopaedic Center specialize in joint pain relief.  Our surgeons understand that making sure you know what to expect from your partial knee replacement experience is important to you.

Each patient is unique, and can experience joint pain for different reasons. It is common for patients to try medication and other conservative treatments to treat their knee pain.

If you have not experienced adequate joint pain relief with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for Mako partial knee replacement, which may provide you with relief from your knee pain.

To learn more or to make an appointment at Lafayette General Orthopaedic Center, call (337) 703-3201.

How Makoplasty for Partial Knee Replacement Works

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology (Makoplasty) provides you with a personalized partial knee replacement surgery plan based on your unique anatomy.

Mako Partial Knee Replacement SystemFirst, a CT scan of the diseased knee joint is taken. This CT scan is uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of your knee is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist your orthopaedic surgeon in performing your partial knee replacement.

In the operating room, your surgeon follows your personalized partial knee replacement surgery plan while preparing the bone for the implant. The orthopaedic surgeon guides the robotic-arm within the pre-defined area. The Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized pre-operative plan was created. This helps to provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant.

Unlike more invasive procedures, MAKOplasty is usually performed through a four- to six-inch incision over your knee with small incisions in both your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin). Additionally, preserving your own natural bone and tissue, along with accurate implant positioning, results in a more natural feeling knee.

Because healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKOplasty partial knee replacement procedures may remain candidates for total knee replacement later in life.

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee Replacement (Makoplasty) is a treatment option is ideal for patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease or adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Depending on where the arthritis affects the knee, patients may have an implant inserted in any of the following areas:

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A total knee 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 scans. MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing can:
  • Enable surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee
  • Preserve healthy tissue and bone
  • Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
  • Result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement

Your orthopaedic surgeon should discuss with you the specific risks associated with MAKOplasty and other treatment options. The orthopaedic surgeon or his staff should inform you of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions.

It’s important to understand that the surgery is performed by an orthopaedic surgeon, who guides the robotic-arm during the surgery to position the implant in the knee joint. The Mako Robotic-Arm does not perform surgery, make decisions on its own, or move without the surgeon guiding the robotic-arm. The Mako System also allows your orthopaedic surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed.

As a knee arthroplasty (repair) procedure, Medicare insurers typically cover MAKOplasty – check with your private health insurers for details. In some cases, it may be performed in an outpatient setting depending on what your surgeon determines is the right course of treatment for you.

To learn more or to make an appointment at Lafayette General Orthopaedic Center,
call (337) 703-3201.

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