Aching knees not only hurt, but they can have a damaging impact on your life. If you haven't experienced adequate relief with medication and other conservative treatments, partial knee replacement may provide the relief from your arthritis pain and may enable you to return to your favorite activities.
The Mako robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement procedure is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, your surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee Replacement Can:
- Enable surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee
- Preserve healthy tissue and bone
- Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
- Result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement surgery
Unlike other more invasive procedures, this robotic-arm assisted technology 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). Additionally, the preservation of your own natural bone and tissue, along with more ideal patient specific implant positioning, may also result in a more natural feeling knee. And since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo partial knee procedures may still be a candidate for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.
1. Have a Plan Personalized for You
It all begins with a CT scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the system software and is used to create your personalized pre-operative plan. In addition, you should be informed of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions by your surgeon or his or her staff
2. In the Operating Room
In the operating room, your surgeon will use the robotic-arm to assist in performing your surgery based on your personalized pre-operative plan. The system also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed. When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the system guides the surgeon within the pre-defined area and helps prevent the surgeon from moving outside the planned boundaries. This helps provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant.
3. After Surgery
After surgery, your surgeon, nurses and physical therapists will set goals with you to get you back on the move. They will closely monitor your condition and progress. Your surgeon may review an x-ray of your new partial knee with you.
Our Certified Surgical Team
Our surgeons at Lakeview Hospital are specially trained and certified to perform partial knee replacement surgery with the robotic-arm assisted surgery system.
As a partial knee replacement, the robotic-arm assisted surgery is typically covered by Medicare insurers — check with your private health insurers.
For more information, please call (801) 299-2333.