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MAKOplasty® is a robotic arm-assisted partial knee replacement procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. At Sierra Medical Center, MAKOplasty® is currently being used to treat the damaged part of the knee, while sparing the surrounding healthy bone and ligaments. This procedure is referred to as partial knee resurfacing.
Unlike other surgical 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). During the procedure, the affected portion of the knee is resurfaced. This spares healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.
Take a look at these results comparing MAKOplasty® to traditional knee replacement surgery.
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If you've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, you may be a candidate for MAKOplasty®. This innovative treatment option is ideal for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not progressed to all three compartments of the knee.
Before recommending surgery, your physician may suggest that you try certain lifestyle changes and/or pain management strategies such as over-the-counter pain medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or topical pain relieving creams. If your symptoms don't respond to these non-surgical options, you may be a candidate for non-invasive MAKOplasty® surgery.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of joint cartilage. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a cushion between the bones of a joint. With osteoarthritis, the top layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away, causing the bones under the cartilage to rub together.
Although the root cause of osteoarthritis is unknown, the risk of developing it is influenced by multiple factors such as age, gender and inherited traits that can affect the shape and stability of your joints. Other factors can include a previous knee injury, repetitive strain on the knee, improper joint alignment, being overweight and exercise-related stress placed on the knee joints.
How does MAKOplasty® work?
The RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System is a three-dimensional system. During surgery, the RIO provides the surgeon with real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing and implant positioning. This level of precision can result in a more natural knee motion following surgery.
If I have MAKOPlasty®, what can I expect?
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. Inpatient hospital stays average anywhere from one to three days.
In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal activities shortly thereafter.
What is the lifespan of a MAKOplasty®, implant?
The lifespan of an implant depends on several factors including your weight, activity level, bone strength and compliance with your physician's orders. Using robotic surgery helps to ensure optimal alignment and position. This results in a longer lifespan for the implant, as well as decreased pain and a shorter recovery time.
The implants allow your physician to treat one or two of the three knee compartments that can potentially be affected by osteoarthritis. Because very little bone is actually removed during a MAKOplasty®, procedure, the implants can be replaced in the future with another procedure, such as a total knee replacement, should that become necessary.
Is MAKOplasty® covered by insurance?
MAKOplasty is a knee arthroplasty procedure that is typically covered by all Medicare approved health plans. Private insurance plans vary, so check with yours to confirm coverage. Both your surgeon and the hospital will verify your insurance coverage and applicable co-pays and/or deductibles before scheduling your surgery. Ask your Sierra Providence Health Network scheduling coordinator about our Easy-Pay plan offering convenient payment arrangements for your hospitalization deductible and/or co-pay amount.
Sierra Medical Center provides some of the latest technologies for total and partial knee replacements that are not available in many locations, including minimally invasive surgery, computer navigation and MAKOplasty robotics. We pride ourselves on EXCELLENT customer service and expert surgical skill. In the past several years, we have treated an increasing number of patients who traveled to the Sun City of El Paso for Knee Replacement treatment. Sierra Medical Center teams with health care professionals in the El Paso area to provide a full service, single payment option for self pay patients traveling to El Paso for Knee Replacement treatments. We provide a personal Orthopedic Nurse Navigator to chart your course throughout your care, high quality customer service in a state of the art hospital, and use SOME OF the most advanced technology such as Minimally Invasive, Computer Navigated Total Knee replacement and Mako Robotic Unicompartmental and Bicompartmental Partial Knee replacement.