MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing

For those who are suffering from degenerative knee conditions or osteoarthritis of the knee, Dr. Nakul Karkare offers the knee resurfacing procedure using the MAKOplasty procedure.

Developed by the Mako Surgical Corporation, the MAKOplasty is the leading choice of surgical procedures used for total hip or partial knee arthroplasty and uses RIO or Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic system.

Cleared by the FDA, RIO is the procedure used in hip and surgical knee procedures where sterotactic surgery is appropriate and bony, rigid anatomical bony structures can be identified using ct scans and ct based models of anatomy.

Unlike the more invasive total knee replacement, a procedure that replacing the entire knee joint, the MAKOplasty procedure is less invasive and enables the surgeon and team to accurately target only the damaged portion of a patient’s knee.

This doesn’t harm the healthy portions of the joint, leaving all the and healthy portions intact and unaffected. With a combination of state of the art robotic arm technology and CT-scanned 3D knee modeling capabilities, MAKOplasty allows the implant to be optimally positioned, aligned, and secured in the joint. As a result, the patient’s knee resurfacing will last long term with reduced wear and tear in addition to being able to once again, move freely and smoothly.

Is MAKOplasty right for me?

For those facing early to mid-stage osteoarthritis in just one or two of the knee’s three compartments may be eligible for MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing. MAKOplasty is the best alternative, for many patients, to having to face the total knee replacement.

What benefits does MAKOplasty offer over TKR?

Designed with the relieve pain caused by joint degeneration in mind, MAKOplasty offers many potential great benefits including:

  • Improved surgical outcomes
  • Less implant wear, tear and loosening
  • Joint resurfacing
  • Bone sparing
  • Smaller incision
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Minimal hospitalization
  • Rapid recovery
Traditional Knee Surgery versus MAKOplasty®
Traditional Knee Replacement* MAKOplasty®
Average Hospital Stay 3 – 7 days 1 – 3 days
Average Recovery Period 6 – 8 weeks Approximately 2 weeks
Average Incision Length 8 – 10 inches 2 – 3 inches
Surgical Summary Total knee replacement(damaged and healthy bone/tissues) Resurfacing of damaged bone/tissues only

In addition to these benefits, it also worthy of noting that the failure rate of MAKOplasty is extremely low. Two years after surgery failure rate is 0.4% That’s less than 1%. This great figure is nine times lower than PKRs, or manual partial knee replacements. According to customer satisfaction surveys, nine out of ten patients have reported they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” after the two years mark of their procedure being completed.

The MAKOplasty process: Start to Finish

If you are suffering from swelling in the knee, joint pain or have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, then chances are in your favor that you will be referred to an orthopedic surgeon at such as Dr Nakul Karkare.

During your first visit and initial consultation, the orthopedic surgeon will assess your knee and possibly order CT scans of the knee to aid in diagnosis. Upon completion of CT scans, the creation of 3-D digital images of the knee will be done. The images will allow your surgeon to design and create a personalized knee implant that is modeled exclusively and uniquely for your anatomy.

During the actual MAKOplasty knee resurfacing procedure, the surgeon will use minimally invasive approaches to aid in the removal of all of the diseased portions of your knee.

Once the loose matter, bone spurs, or damaged cartilage have been removed, the surgeon will use the tool’s robotic arm to position, align, and secure your unique, patient-specific implant on your joint. Within a short few hours of the procedure, many patients are up and walking around.

How long does it take to recover from MAKOplasty?

While it is very well known that many patients are able to recover quickly and walk the same day as the procedure, it is advised that all patients be patient with the recovery process because it can take up to four weeks to return to a normal lifestyle.

Recovery depends on the individual patient. Your surgeon, after completion of the procedure may possibly refer you to an outpatient physical therapist to aid in the recovery process and aid in get you going again.

Does insurance cover MAKOplasty?

Medicare-approved insurance plans and most private insurers will cover MAKOplasty robotic partial knee resurfacing because of it being a knee arthroplasty procedure. Contact your insurance provider for more information.

Schedule Robotic Partial Knee Resurfacing today in New York

Dr. Nakul Karkare offers the MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing procedure. This office and staff will be happy to provide you with as much information as you need to choose the right knee procedure. Partial knee resurfacing is a major decision and you deserve to have the procedure that’s right for your anatomy and lifestyle.

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