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Knee Pain & Surgery


Living with knee pain can keep you from doing the things you love. In the past, many people with chronic knee pain have feared corrective surgery because of lengthy recovery times, but that's changing. MAKOplasty, or MAKO knee replacement, a new option available at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, can help get you back on your feet faster.

MAKO Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery

In arthritic knee joints, cartilage loss can result in painful bone-against-bone friction.
If you suffer from one of the following, a MAKO knee replacement may be the answer for you: 

  • Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee and/or 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

How MAKOplasty Works
The MAKO system removes only the arthritic tissue and the implant replaces the lost bone tissue. This procedure is performed through a relatively small incision, which helps speed the healing process. Before your Mako knee replacement we’ll use sophisticated imaging and software to build a 3-D reconstruction of your joint. This provides a blueprint for a customized implant, and allows the surgeon to position and align the implant with pinpoint accuracy. This is crucial for comfort, natural motion and implant longevity.

MAKOplasty is powered by the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows for extreme precision. During surgery, RIO provides the surgeon with real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing and implant positioning.

Benefits of Knee Pain Surgery with MAKO

The benefits of MAKOplasty over traditional knee pain surgery include:

  • Rapid recovery
  • Improved surgical outcomes
  • A smaller incision
  • Less scarring and reduced blood loss
  • Minimal hospitalization
  • Less implant wear and loosening

In many cases, MAKO knee resurfacing patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.

Considering Knee Pain Surgery with MAKO?

To learn if MAKO is right for you, call 209.939.4517 for more information or to schedule an appointment. You can also attend one of our Knee Pain Surgery Informational Events held throughout the year.