Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing


MAKO Partial Knee Resurfacing at Atlantic Orthopaedics

In partnership with York Hospital, our master surgeons Dr. Akhil Sastry, Dr. William Sutherland, and Dr. Tyler Welch are pleased to offer MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing to patients suffering from persistent knee pain and joint degeneration caused by osteoarthritis. Powered by the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing is an innovative and targetted treatment option used by our surgeons to resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it. The machine allows for consistently reproducible precision and this helps us secure the joint implant in the most ideal position. Once healed, your knee is able to move smoothly again.

Who Is a Good Candidate for the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Resurfacing Procedure?

Typically, MAKO Patients share the following characteristics:

  • Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee and/or under the knee cap
  • Start-up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication

Meet Diana

Diana is a patient of Dr. Welch and the perfect candidate for partial knee replacement. 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 in this short video:

Benefits of the MAKO Partial Knee Resurfacing Procedure

  • Improved surgical outcomes
  • Less implant wear and loosening
  • Joint resurfacing
  • Bone sparing
  • Smaller incision
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Minimal hospitalization
  • Rapid recovery

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 bone). 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.

Partial Knee Resurfacing vs. Total Knee Replacement

Since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKO partial knee procedures may still be candidates for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary. Your provider will discuss anticipated timelines with you. As well, a total replacement is sometimes necessary if our 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 provider will discuss this with you.

Risk Factors of Partial Knee Replacement Surgery

Your physician will discuss the specific risks associated with Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology and other treatment options with you. In addition, you will be informed of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions by your surgeon or his or her staff.

Is Mako Robotic Knee Surgery Covered by Medicare?

As a knee arthroplasty procedure, Mako is typically covered by Medicare – but please 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.

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Resurfacing: What to 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.

Partial and Total Knee Replacement Consultations

Is knee replacement surgery right for you? Are you a candidate for Mako Partial Knee Resurfacing or total knee replacement? Reach out to schedule a consultation to discuss your knee pain. Our teams will help you determine if surgery is the best path forward or if another treatment option is advised.

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Treating Providers | MAKO Robotic-Arm Partial Knee Resurfacing

If you are experiencing stiffness, swelling, or loss of range of motion in your knee, Dr. Sastry, Dr. Welch, and Dr. Sutherland can help. Each is a pioneer of the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology at York Hospital, with decades of surgical experience and a profound understanding of the knee joint. Come in for an evaluation and start your road to recovery today.

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