MAKOplasty® is a partial knee and total hip replacement procedure designed to provide quicker recovery and better surgical results for patients with joint degeneration in the hip or knee. This is accomplished by using robot-assisted technology, powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, to give a more accurate implant placement.
We are the only orthopedic clinics in Utah offering this state-of-the-art technology to our patients. As a leader in joint replacement surgery, we work with MAKOplasty® for several important reasons. MAKOplasty® is custom and specific to your joint with a personalized wear optimized design. It is the only surgical technology of its kind that provides reliable, consistently reproducible precision in performing a joint replacement.
Are you a candidate for MAKOplasty® Personalized Knee Implants?
MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for those living with mid-stage knee osteoarthritis (OA) that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. As you search for a knee replacement doctor and evaluate your options, it may be helpful to know that patients who have this procedure done typically experience:
- Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee and/or under the knee cap
- Start-up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
- Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
During the procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.
As an arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty® is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers. Talking with a primary care physician is a good start, but it’s often wise to consult an orthopedic joint specialist, or an orthopedic doctor. For knee replacement , MAKOplasty® provides important benefits over traditional knee replacement surgery, both during and after the procedure:
How does MAKOplasty® work?
Dr. Aaron Hofmann explains, “The RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System features three dimensional pre-surgical planning. During surgery, it give us a real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback. This is important because it enables the best possible joint resurfacing and implant position. The placement results in a more natural knee motion following your surgery.” Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any knee surgical procedure, including MAKOplasty.® Our surgical team will help determine your options and discuss these risks to determine if MAKOplasty® is right for you.
If I undergo MAKOplasty®, what can I expect?
Depending on your surgical needs, our staff at may schedule you MAKOplasty® procedure on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Your stay at the hospital may average anywhere between one and three days. One of the reasons Dr. Jeremy McCandless recommends this procedure is the faster recovery time. He says, “In many cases, my patients walk soon after surgery, drive a car in the first few weeks, and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter. “
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. Proper implant alignment and precise positioning during surgery are also very important factors that can improve the life expectancy of an implant. Hip and knee doctor Trevor Magee further explains, “With the help of MAKOplasty technology, implants are aligned and positioned to ensure the longest possible benefit. Very little bone is actually removed during a MAKOplasty procedure, which allows our patients more options in the future. For example, with single compartment knee osteoarthritis, a second compartment may be treated in the future if the osteoarthritis spreads. Long-term MAKOplasty is the best option for our patients because of comfort, durability and the best possible surgical outcomes.”
Do you have questions about knee or hip replacement? Contact our office today by making an online appointment request to schedule an evaluation. The surgical staff at our Salt Lake orthopedic clinic is ready to answer any questions you may have.