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MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing

MAKOplasty® is a new robotic-assisted alternative to total knee replacement. Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital are among only a select few hospitals in the Washington metro area offering this innovative surgical approach. MAKOplasty is typically recommended for adults living with early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.

MAKOplasty machineBacked by the precision of robotic technology, MAKOplasty offers orthopedic surgeons an option to total knee replacement, which is generally reserved for severe cases of osteoarthritis. Individuals with more limited joint damage can be successfully treated with partial knee resurfacing and benefit from the resulting rapid recovery and a faster return to daily activities.

Who should consider MAKOplasty®?

MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing may be an appropriate treatment for patients with early or mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee (learn more about this osteoarthritis). Typical MAKOplasty patients may share the following characteristics:

  • Knee pain that occurs with activity, usually on the inner knee or under the knee cap
  • Start up knee pain or stiffness when getting up from a sitting position
  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication

Benefits of MAKOplasty®

Partial knee resurfacing utilizing MAKOplasty technology allows for:

  • Optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural-feeling knee following surgery
  • A procedure performed on an outpatient basis, resulting in a much shorter hospital stay than traditional knee replacement surgery requires
  • More rapid relief from pain, a faster recovery and a quicker return to day-to-day activities

How MAKOplasty precisely targets damaged tissue

A major benefit of partial knee resurfacing is that your orthopedic surgeon can selectively target the damaged portion of the knee without compromising the remaining healthy bone and tissue. The precision of robotic-arm technology helps isolate and resurface only the arthritic part of the knee without replacing the entire knee joint. An implant is then optimally positioned in the knee joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.