MAKOplasty surgery for knees

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MAKOplasty is a specific type of partial knee procedure that was first done in 2006 in the United States. The procedure uses a CT scan and computer robotics to perform the procedure itself and it can result in a smaller incision and relatively short recovery time compared to a full TKR or even a traditional partial knee replacement.

MAKOplasty is more like a resurfacing of the joint surfaces than a replacement. While not the surgery for everyone, it may offer some benefits for a person who is judged to be a good candidate. It is usually more appropriate for patients who only have arthritic damage in one compartment of the knee. Estimates for longevity for this type of partial knee replacement are 15 years or more.

The first implant developed was for the medial compartment. In 2009, implants for the patella and lateral compartments were added and it is possible for a surgeon to replace two areas at once.

MAKOplasty is not available in all areas of the United States and not in countries outside of the USA. Surgeons receive special training on the robotics used during the procedure.

Here is an excellent video that shows an actual MAKO surgery.
MAKO Partial Knee Replacement
 
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