MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing (replacement) is a minimally invasive procedure for people who have early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. It’s performed using the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System.

Not every hospital has invested in this state-of-the-art surgical system, nor is every orthopedic surgeon trained to use it. You’ll be glad to know that at Aspire Orthopedic Institute, we have two skilled surgeons who offer this advanced procedure to appropriate patients.

How does MAKOplasty partial knee replacement work?

If your surgeon determines that you’re a good candidate for the MAKOplasty procedure, first you’ll have a CT scan of your knee. This imaging exam is used to create a three-dimensional model of your knee joint.

Your surgeon uses this model, together with special software, to plan your surgery based on your unique anatomy.

  • During the procedure, the diseased portion of your knee is resurfaced, sparing the healthy bone and surrounding tissue
  • An implant is then placed in the joint to allow your knee to move smoothly again
  • During surgery, the software provides real-time feedback to ensure optimal joint resurfacing and that your implant is precisely positioned

The benefits of MAKOplasty partial knee replacement

Compared to total knee replacement, MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing can:

  • Help ensure optimal implant positioning, giving you a more natural-feeling knee after surgery
  • Give you a better range of motion and knee function because healthy tissue and bone are preserved
  • Result in less scarring because the incisions are smaller
  • Reduce blood loss
  • Result in a faster recovery and shorter hospital stay
  • Give you quicker relief from pain and return to your regular activities

Plus, since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKOplasty partial knee procedures may still be candidates for a total knee replacement later in life, if it’s necessary.

Hear from one of our partial knee replacement patients

Who’s a candidate for MAKOplasty partial knee replacement?

You may be a candidate for this procedure if you have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee and/or under the kneecap or the outer knee
  • Knee pain or stiffness when you start moving from a sitting position
  • Your symptoms haven’t responded to nonsurgical treatments or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs)

Want to learn more about MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing at Aspire Orthopedic Institute?

Simply call us at (503) 261-6961 to schedule an appointment.