Mako Partial Knee Resurfacing
York Hospital with Dr. Akhil Sastry, Dr. William Sutherland and Dr. Tyler Welch of Atlantic Orthopaedics are pleased to offer Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing – an innovative treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. By selectively targeting the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, your surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
Meet Diana, a patient of Dr. Welch and a perfect candidate for partial knee replacement – one of the latest techniques in orthopaedic surgery. Diana was experiencing pain and stiffness in her knee, but with the help of Dr. Welch and the Mako robotic approach, she was flying through her recovery period and walking miles a day in no time! Learn more about her story here.
It is powered by the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows for consistently reproducible precision in performing partial knee resurfacing. During the procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.
Who Would Be A Good Candidate For The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Resurfacing Procedure?
Typically, Mako Patients Share the Following Characteristics:
Benefits of the Mako Partial Knee Resurfacing Procedure:
Unlike other more invasive procedures, the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted procedure can often be performed through a four to six inch incision over your knee with small incisions in both your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin).
Additionally the preservation of your own natural bone and tissue along with more ideal patient specific implant positioning may also result in a more natural feeling knee. Since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo Mako partial knee procedures may still be a candidate for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.
A total replacement is sometimes necessary if your Mako-certified surgeon discovers during surgery that your knee has more damage than originally seen in the pre-operative X-rays and CT scan.
Your physician should discuss the specific risks associated with Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology and other treatment options with you. In addition, you should be informed of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions by your surgeon or his or her staff.
As a knee arthroplasty procedure, Mako is typically covered by Medicare – check with your private health insurers. In some cases it may be performed on an outpatient basis depending on what your Mako-certified surgeon determines is the right course of treatment for you.
If I undergo Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted knee resurfacing, what can I expect?
Mako robotic procedures can be performed as either an inpatient procedure or on an outpatient basis depending on what your orthopedic surgeon determines is right for you. Hospital stays average anywhere from one to three days; ambulatory patients return home the same day. In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car in the first few weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.