Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery

What is Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for Partial Knee Replacement?

“Mako” is a robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, your Casa Colina surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.

Mako 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 surgery

Unlike other more invasive procedures, Mako can often be performed through a small incision over your knee with small incisions in both your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin). The actual size of the incision depends upon your specific condition and varies by patient. 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. And 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.

The Mako partial knee replacement procedure is indicated for patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease. A total 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 scan.

Your orthopedic surgeon should discuss the specific risks associated with Mako 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. If you have private health insurance, please check with your provider on coverage.

For more information, please call Casa Colina Hospital at 909/596-7733, ext. 3900.