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Knee Replacement: Robotic Partial Knee Resurfacing

If you are facing a knee replacement, you should know about all your options. While total knee replacements are currently the most common knee replacement surgery, there is a minimally invasive procedure called robotic-assisted partial knee resurfacing that is proving to be a popular option for many patients.  

What is robotic-assisted partial knee resurfacing?

A form of partial knee replacement, this innovative procedure uses the MAKOplasty® system; a combination of resurfacing the bone and an implant to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. Powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopaedic System, it gives your knee replacement surgeon much more control over the precise movements necessary for a successful outcome. Learn more: About MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing.

Am I a good candidate for robotic-assisted partial knee replacement?

You are probably a good candidate for MAKOplasty® if you are an adult with early to mid-stage arthritis in no more than two of the following compartments of the knee:

  • Medial (inner)
  • Patellofemoral (top)
  • Lateral (outer)  

Your ACL must be intact and you must have relatively good alignment of your joints.

Learn more: Conditions and Symptoms associated with partial knee replacement

I’m not sure how I feel about a robot operating on my knee.

This is a common concern we like to address. You should know that the MAKOplasty® robotic arm is controlled by your orthopaedic surgeon 100 percent of the time—it is simply an extension of your surgeon’s hands. Our doctors are trained to use the system to gain even more control over joint resurfacing and implant positioning. Patients who undergo this procedure report regaining a more natural knee motion after surgery. Learn more about the benefits of the MAKOplasty® Knee Resurfacing System.

If you're in need of knee replacement surgery and would like more information on MAKOplasty Knee Resurfacing System, schedule an appointment today.

Specialists in Robotic-assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing  


Gary G. Poehling, MD 
Gary G. Poehling, MD   


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