MAKOplasty® Frequently Asked Questions

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What is MAKO?

MAKO is an advanced robotic-assisted surgical system that provides an unparalleled level of precision. With its smaller incisions, patients often experience less pain, and recover faster than with traditional surgeries.

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Can anyone have MAKO surgery?

MAKOplasty® knee arthroplasty is designed for patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee, involving one or two components of the knee.

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How long does it take to recovery from MAKO surgery?

Many patients experience significantly shorter recovery times with MAKO over traditional surgical techniques. Your specific recovery time will vary depending on age, type of procedure, and other factors.

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How can I learn more about robotic-assisted surgery?

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How do I know if robotic surgery is right for me?

Every patient’s situation and condition is unique. Consult a qualified orthopedic surgeon to find out if robotic-assisted surgery is right for you.

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How do I find a surgeon?

Consult our physicians search page, in this web site, where you will find several highly experienced surgeons qualified and trained to perform robotic-assisted surgery.

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Is robotic-assisted surgery more expensive?

Robotic-assisted surgery is typically no more expensive than traditional surgery, and, depending on the specific procedure being performed, it can be far less costly

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Will my insurance cover robotic-assisted surgery?

MAKOplasty® knee arthroplasty is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers.

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Does robotic-assisted surgery have a higher success rate than traditional procedures?

No surgical technique can guarantee a successful outcome. However, indications are that patients having undergone robotic-assisted surgeries report a greater percentage of successful outcomes over traditional surgeries.

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How can the surgeon work with my current doctor?

Your physician will consult with any surgeon before you undergo surgery. That is also the case with robotic-assisted surgery. With increasing positive results and improved patient outcomes, your physician is probably very aware of robot-assisted surgery and its benefits.

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Can all surgeries be done with MAKO technology, or only some?

The MAKO surgical technology was primarily developed for the resurfacing joints of the knee and hip. Other orthopedic applications will likely be developed in the future. Please also consult your physician for more information.

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