Nowadays, patients suffering from early or moderate knee osteoarthritis can be treated with the most modern, safe and effective method worldwide, without the need to undergo total knee replacement (total arthroplasty).
The Mako technique only replaces the damaged part of the articular cartilage and not the whole joint, as is the case with total arthroplasty. This restores the knee joint and offers natural movement, as well as faster and painless return to everyday activities.
How Mako partial knee arthroplasty works
- Your own personalized treatment plan
It all begins with a CT scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This virtual model is loaded onto the Mako system software and is used to create your personalized preoperative plan.
- In the operating room
In the operating room, your surgeon will use Mako to perform your surgery based on your personalized preoperative plan. The Mako system allows the surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed. When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the Mako system guides the surgeon within the pre-defined area and helps prevent the surgeon from moving outside the planned boundaries. This helps provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant.
- After surgery
After surgery, your surgeon, nurses and physical therapists will set goals with you to get you moving. They will closely monitor your condition and progress. Your surgeon may evaluate and discuss the X-ray of your new knee with you.
Activities after surgery
Physical activities after surgery include biking, swimming, moderate running, hiking, dancing and other low-impact sports.