MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Replacement

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Replacement is an innovative treatment option for adults living with arthritis in either the inner (medial), outer (lateral) or top (patellofemoral) compartments of the knee. It can also be performed as a bicompartmental procedure on the inner and top compartments of the knee.

Medial and Patellodemoral

St. Joseph Hospital orthopedic surgeons are the first in Orange County to perform MAKOplasty® using advanced robotic technology. The RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System combines 3-D imaging and intelligent instrumention, which allows the surgeon to achieve consistent, reproducible precision.

During MAKOplasty®

Unlike total knee replacement, with MAKOplasty®, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, saving healthy bone. In addition, soft tissue and ligaments are also preserved resulting in a less invasive procedure overall.

During the procedure, surgeons use RIO® to perform MAKOplasty® through a smaller incision than that required for traditional total knee replacement surgery. RIO® provides the surgeon with real-time 3-D visualization and tactile and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing, sparing healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again. Since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKOplasty® partial knee procedures may still be candidates for a total knee replacement later in life, if necessary.

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Replacement can:

  • A more rapid return to daily lifestyl eand activities when compared to total knee arthroplasty.
  • Greater accuracy of implant positioning than what is achieved using conventional instrumentation.
  • A more natural feeling knee following surgery when compared to total knee arthroplasty.