MakoTM is a novel surgical procedure performed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. It is performed using the robotic-arm technology that allows the surgeon to precisely perform the surgery through a smaller incision as compared to traditional manual surgery.

Patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease may benefit from a MakoTM partial knee replacement. Patients with osteoarthritis symptoms such as knee pain associated with activity, knee swelling, knee locking, and failure to respond to non surgical treatment would be good candidates for MakoTM Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery.

Your doctor may order a few X-rays and CT scan to determine the damaged areas, of the joint, that need to be removed for the precise placement of the knee implant.

During the MakoTM partial knee replacement , a four to six inch incision is made over your knee with small incisions over your thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia). Only the diseased portion of your knee is removed, preserving the surrounding healthy bone and tissue. An implant is then secured over the prepared portion of your knee joint that results in resolution of symptoms and a natural knee movement.


MakoTM Robotic-Arm Assisted partial knee replacement is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration and potentially offers the following benefits when compared to manual partial knee replacement surgery:

  • Replaces only the arthritic portion of the joint
  • More ideal joint function
  • Accurate implant positioning
  • Smaller incision
  • Bone and tissue sparing
  • Minimal hospitalization
  • Rapid recovery

Since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MakoTM Robotic-Arm Assisted partial knee replacement may have a total knee replacement procedure later, if required. MakoTM Robotic-Arm Assisted technology is usually covered by health insurance. Your doctor will discuss the associated benefits and risks of the procedure.

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