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What you need to know about MAKOplasty®


Established in 1997, Castle Medical Center’s Joint Care Center was the first such center in Hawai‘i dedicated to hip and knee replacement procedures. Today it is the only center in the state offering MAKOplasty. Available to neighbor island residents as well as those on O‘ahu, the center provides individualized patient education prior to and following surgery to ensure patients have the best possible experience and outcome, consistent with Castle’s commitment to best practices in patient care.

Benefits of MAKOplasty

The MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing procedure offers the following benefits:

  • Improved surgical outcomes
  • Less implant wear and loosening
  • Joint resurfacing
  • Bone and tissue sparing
  • Smaller incision
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Minimal hospitalization
  • Rapid recovery.

Recovery time

Compared to total knee replacement, MAKOplasty typically involves considerably shorter:

  • Hospital stays
  • Outpatient rehabilitation
  • Time using a walker or crutches
  • Time off work
  • Complete recovery.

Cost to you

Insurance covers both partial and total knee replacement. However, there are hidden costs to the procedures. Obviously, since partial knee replacement results in a much quicker return to work, less time for rehabilitation and lowered need for pain medication, the cost to the patient is significantly lower.

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, bone density, and compliance with the physician’s orders.

Proper implant alignment and precise positioning during surgery are also very important factors that can improve the life expectancy of an implant. With MAKOplasty, implants can be optimally aligned and positioned to ensure the longest benefit. And because very little bone is actually removed during a MAKOplasty procedure, the implants can be replaced with another procedure such as a total knee replacement, if necessary.

Linda J. Rasmussen, M.D.

Dr. Rasmussen, the orthopedic surgeon who performs MAKOplasty procedures at Castle, received her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. She completed her residency at San Francisco Orthopedic Residency Training Program. She is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of Castle Health Group. She has been on the medical staff at Castle Medical Center for more than 20 years. She can be reached at 261-4658 in Kailua.

Free informational seminars

If you are living with hip or knee pain, attend one of Castle Medical Center’s free monthly seminars, led by Linda Rasmussen, M.D., orthopedic surgeon. Learn how MAKOplasty can relieve pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis, and hear testimonials from patients who have had the procedure. You also will learn about total knee and total hip replacement surgeries available at our Joint Care Center.

Please call 263-5400 for more information.