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Patient Education PDF

MAKOplasty Robotic Surgery

Patient PreOp PDF


"Consistent... Reproducible... Precise"

MAKOplasty is a robotic assisted knee reconstruction (partial and total) 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 surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.


MAKOplasty knee reconstruction can:

  • Enable surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee or precisely reconstruct the entire knee 

  • Preserve healthy tissue and bone especially when partial knee resurfacing is accomplished

  • 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 MAKOplasty 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, with partial knee resurfacing, 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 MAKOplasty partial knee procedures may still be a candidate for a MAKOplasty total knee recontruction procedure later in life if necessary.


The MAKOplasty partial knee reconstruction procedure is indicated for patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease. MAKOplasty total knee replacement might be necessary if your surgeon determines that your knee has more damage than can be repaired with a partial knee resurfacing. 

As a knee arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty is typically covered by Medicare insurers — check with your private health insurers. In some cases it may be performed on an outpatient basis depending on what your surgeon determines is the right course of treatment for you.



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