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MAKOplasty FAQs

What is MAKOplasty®?

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing and Total Hip Arthroplsty are innovative treatment options for adults living with degenerative joint disease such as osteoarthritis. It is powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows for consistently reproducible precision.

How may MAKOplasty® benefit me?

The MAKOplasty® procedures are designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration and potentially offers the following benefits:

  • Optimal implant placement
  • Enhanced stability and mobility of the joint
  • Restoration of an active lifestyle

How does MAKOplasty® work?

The RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System features three dimensional pre-surgical planning. During surgery, the RIO® provides the surgeon with real-time feedback to allow for pinpoint precision in implant positioning. It is this optimal placement that can result in more natural joint motion following surgery.

Who would be a good candidate for the MAKOplasty® procedure?

Typically, MAKOplasty® candidates for knee or hip have:

  • Knee pain with activity such as walking, climbing stairs or getting in and out chairs. Joint may be stiff, swollen or cause a grating or crunching sensation during use
  • Hip pain during activitiy or while putting weight on the affected hip. Pain may radiate to the groin, lower back or down the thigh to the knee
  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication

If I undergo MAKOplasty®, what can I expect?

For partial knee resurfacing, MAKOplasty® 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 within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.

For total hip arthroplasty, a typical hospital stay is determined by your surgeon. MAKOplasty® enhances traditional hip replacement surgery by enabling a new level of accuracy in implant alignment and positioning, which can improve surgical outcomes and the lifespan of implants.

What is the lifespan of a MAKOplasty® implant?

All implants have a life expectancy that depends on several factors, including the patient's weight, activity level, quality of bone stock and compliance with their physician's orders.

Proper implant alignment and precise positioning during surgery are also very important factors that can improve the life expectancy of an implant. Through the use of RIO®, implants can be optimally aligned and positioned to ensure the longest benefit.

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