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MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing is an advanced partial knee replacement surgery performed with the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System.
Dr. Marc Hungerford, Dr. Joseph Ciotola and Dr. Kamala Littleton at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy are proud to be the first orthopedic team in Maryland to perform MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing, an alternative to total knee replacement. Patients from across the Baltimore region seek the expertise of our orthopedic surgeons for their leadership in providing an innovative option for performing a partial knee replacement.
MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing is a new minimally invasive treatment option for early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. MAKO’s RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System enables precision in removing only the diseased portion of the knee, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue.
By integrating robotic arm technology into the operating room, patients often are experiencing lower levels of soft tissue trauma during surgery that result in reduced post-surgical pain, as well as better accuracy in implant placement, accelerated recovery and improved outcomes.
MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing is an advanced partial knee replacement surgery performed with the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. There are two options for performing MAKOplasty depending on where the osteoarthritis is located in the knee.
Prior to surgery, the following steps are taken:
During surgery, the orthopedic surgeon guides the robotic arm and is in control of it at all times. The RIO system ensures that bone removal stays with the safety zone of the surgical plan. The system provides auditory, visual and tactile feedback, stopping the robotic arm if necessary before bone can be removed outside the planned area. Once the bone preparation is complete, the orthopedic surgeon places the implants in the knee.
The best candidates for MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing typically have the following characteristics:
An alternative to total knee replacement, MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing allows patients to typically experience:
Patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee may find MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing is the best treatment option to relieve their knee pain and return them to normal activities.
The top rated orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, offer innovative joint, hip and knee preservation, replacement and treatment options for conditions, including avascular necrosis, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, AC ligament tears, MCL and ACL ligament tears, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. Doctors at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement were among the first in the region performing MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing, minimally invasive knee replacement and anterior approach hip replacement. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.
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John-Paul Rue, M.D., is a Board Certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon specializing in the prevention and treatment of injuries related to sports and exercise, including complex knee and shoulder reconstructions.
An avid golfer seeks out Mercy doctors twice to get a hip replacement and now he is healthy and back on the greens.