- What is MAKO?
- What is the MAKOplasty® procedure?
- How does it work?
- What are the benefits of this new technology?
- Who would be a good candidate for the MAKOplasty® procedure?
- How long does it take to recovery from MAKO surgery?
- How long do the implants used in a MAKOplasty® procedure last?
- How can I learn more about robotic-assisted surgery?
- How do I know if robotic surgery is right for me?
- How do I find a surgeon?
- Is robotic-assisted surgery more expensive?
- Will my insurance cover robotic-assisted surgery?
- Does robotic-assisted surgery have a higher success rate than traditional procedures?
- How can the surgeon work with my current doctor?
- Can all surgeries be done with MAKO technology, or only some?
Find more questions and answers on the MAKOplasty® website.
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.
MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for patients who living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis disease in the medial (inner), patellofemoral (top), or the lateral (outer) portion of the knee. It can also be performed as a bicompartmental procedure on both the medial and patellofemoral portions of the knee.
MAKOplasty® is powered by MAKO’s robotic arm system, which allows for consistently reproducible precision in performing partial knee resurfacing, a challenging procedure with manual techniques. Surgeons use MAKO’s FDA-cleared RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System to perform MAKOplasty® through a smaller incision than that required for traditional manual knee replacement surgery. During the procedure, only the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again. MAKOplasty® is typically covered by health insurance.
MAKO's RIO® system features a robotic arm that assists the orthopedic surgeon in several ways. First, it combines patient-specific, three-dimensional modeling for pre-surgical planning. Then, during the procedure, the combination of a robotic arm and computer navigation provide the surgeon with real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback, enabling reproducible precision and optimal positioning of the implant within the knee.
Experience has shown that the MAKOplasty® procedure allows patients to experience a shorter hospital stay, minimal blood loss, quicker rehabilitation and a smaller scar. In addition, many MAKOplasty® patients are able to return to an active lifestyle within weeks of the procedure.
Although the best treatment for each patient must be determined individually, typical MAKOplasty® patients share the following characteristics:
- Knee pain with activity, on the inner knee, under the knee cap or the outer knee
- Start up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
- Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
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.
All implants have a limited life expectancy that depends on several factors, including a patient’s weight, activity level, quality of bone stock and compliance with the doctor’s orders. However, alignment and positioning are also are very important factors affecting the life expectancy of an implant. The goal of the MAKOplasty® procedure is to achieve the absolute best alignment and positioning for your implant to help it last as long as possible.
Every patient’s situation and condition is unique. Consult a qualified orthopedic surgeon to find out if robotic-assisted surgery is right for you.
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.
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
MAKOplasty® knee arthroplasty is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers.
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.
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.
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.