Robotic partial knee replacement (Makoplasty):


• Uses innovative robotic and computer-assisted technology to precisely resurface only the damaged portion of the knee.
• Preserves the normal ligaments and unaffected cartilage surfaces (compartments)
• More conservative than total knee arthroplasty
• Technique:
      • A high-resolution CT-scan is taken of the knee and extremity
      • This information is used to create a detailed three-dimensional virtual (simulated computer) model of the knee
      • In this same virtual (simulated computer) world, new coverings for the exposed (worn) portions of the knee
      are placed to precisely recreate the preexisting anatomy
      • The spaces and tension between the bone surfaces are corrected to allow for stable but not over-tensioned ligaments
      (balancing) and allow appropriate range of motion of the knee
      • Once the final plan is just right in the virtual (simulated computer world, the real bone surfaces are then precisely
      prepared with a 6mm burr using robotic arm guidance
      • The new synthetic surfaces (implants) are applied to the bone, restoring a smooth articulation and appropriate
      alignment and balance to the knee
• Benefits of this procedure also include:
      • More natural feeling knee
      • Accelerated rehabilitation facilitated
      • Often outpatient surgery