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About MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing

From reading through the Conditions and Symptoms, I’m pretty sure I’m probably a good candidate for a partial knee resurfacing. Can you tell me more?

What is MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing?

During a MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement, your orthopaedic surgeon resurfaces the diseased portion of the knee, preserving your healthy bone and tissue. Your surgeon will then secure the implant to the now healthy bone. The benefits include:

  • Ability to schedule patients for outpatient procedures, instead of lengthy stays in the hospital
  • Faster recovery times
  • Reduced chance of infection
  • Less pain and quicker return to the activities you love

What should I expect from the surgery?

  • You will check into the hospital according to the instructions you are given.
  • A CT scan is taken of your knee before the surgery. Using the robotic navigation system called the MAKO Tactile Guidance System™, your surgeons are able to precisely plan the surgery by mapping the damaged area of the knee before the procedure.
  • During the surgery, your surgeons will follow the surgical plan using a 3D visualization system, coupled with an intelligent cutting tool that provides the surgeon with visual, tactile, and auditory feedback throughout the procedure.
  • Depending on what is right for you, you may go home after the procedure, or stay in the hospital for a few days.
  • Most patients walk immediately following surgery, drive a car in the first few weeks and resume daily activities by 4 weeks post-procedure.
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation will be prescribed. You can complete this course at Wake Forest Baptist Health, or at your local provider.

What makes MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing different?

  • With the aid of the robotic navigation system called the MAKO Tactile Guidance System™, surgeons are able to precisely plan the procedure by mapping the damaged area of the knee before the procedure.
  • This level of precision enables WFH surgeons to restore knee function by resurfacing the arthritic portion of the knee within a 2 to 3 inch incision as opposed to an 8 inch or larger incision with the traditional surgery.
  • Patients report a more “natural” feeling in the knee during movement following this surgery.
  • Promotes a rapid relief from pain and return to daily activities.
  • If the arthritis spreads to more than 2 compartments, then a total knee replacement is still an option, because the resurfacing preserves the patient’s own bone.

I still have many questions.

We understand that you want to comprehend howMAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing will affect you directly. One of our knee specialists will be happy to meet with you and answer all your questions. 


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