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MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing is a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery in which only the diseased parts of the joint are removed through small incisions and replaced with an artificial component, or implant. MAKOplasty includes kinematic alignment of the implant, which preserves the unique angles in your natural joint.
Also called “robotic partial knee replacement” or “unicompartmental knee replacement,” MAKOplasty generally results in less blood loss and less damage to nearby tissues, such as the ligaments and tendons, compared to open knee surgery. Open surgery involves a larger incision to access the joint and much longer recovery times.
Explore all of your options for knee surgery with the experienced orthopedic team at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican. Find a Doctor or call 702.616.4900 to learn more about MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV.
This procedure treats severe osteoarthritis in the knee joint, and is used an alternative to total knee replacement. Your doctor may recommend MAKOplasty if you have:
MAKOplasty requires imaging tests prior to surgery. You may be asked to undergo a knee X-ray, MRI, or CT scan. Generally, surgeons use CT to create a computer-generated three-dimensional (3-D) image of your joint to guide the robotic instrument and your surgeon.
Your surgery will take place in a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospital with general anesthesia and usually requires at least an overnight stay. Working through a very small, two- to three-inch incision, the surgeon directs the robotic surgical arm into the knee joint space and removes only the diseased tissue in your joint. The robot ensures the precise alignment of the newly implanted artificial parts. You will be up and walking soon after surgery and likely will participate in several physical therapy sessions before going home.
Before you leave the hospital, the orthopedic surgical team will review your recovery plan, including pain medication, physical therapy, follow-up appointments, and when to call the doctor for problems.
To reduce the risk of blood clots, you may need to wear compression stockings on one or both legs or take anticoagulant (blood thinning) medication for a while. Daily physical therapy exercises help prevent blood clots and maximize the new joint’s performance.
MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing is an excellent choice if you don’t need or want a total knee replacement, but you are experiencing a lot of pain. With a resurfaced knee, your knee should be pain-free again.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides an expertise in MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.