MAKOplasty® Total Knee Replacement Offered in Baltimore


Mako Technology is designed to help surgeons provide patients with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy. Your orthopedic surgeon will guide the Mako robotic-arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage. Then the surgeon will insert the knee implant.

The orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy are proud to be among the first in Maryland to perform MAKOplasty® total knee replacement, an alternative to traditional total knee replacement. Patients from across the Baltimore region seek the expertise of Mercy’s orthopedic surgeons for their leadership in providing innovative and advanced technologies.

What is MAKOplasty Total Knee Replacement?

MAKOplasty total knee replacement is a minimally invasive treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritisrheumatoid and posttraumatic arthritis, and from moderate deformity of the knee.

MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology enables surgeons to more accurately position a patient’s joint replacement. In addition, the state-of-the-art implant gives patients natural range of motion. The result is often a better, and longer-performing joint, as well as a faster recovery after surgery.

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How is MAKOplasty Total Knee Replacement performed?

MAKOplasty total knee replacement is an advanced knee replacement surgery performed with the MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology.

The process begins with a CT scan of the patient’s knee joint which is used to generate a 3D virtual model of the patient’s anatomy. This model is then uploaded on to the MAKOplasty system software and is used to create a pre-operative plan, specific to that patient.

During surgery, the orthopedic surgeon guides the robotic-arm and is in control of it at all times. The system provides auditory, visual and tactile feedback, stopping the robotic-arm if necessary before bone can be removed outside the planned area. After diseased bone and cartilage are removed, the orthopedic surgeon places the implant in the knee. During the procedure, the surgeon can make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm.

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Who should receive a MAKOplasty Total Knee Replacement?

The best candidates for MAKOplasty total knee replacement typically have the following characteristics:

  • Knee pain with activity, on the inner knee, under the knee cap, or the outer knee
  • Start up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatment such as rest, weight loss, physical therapy, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
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What are the benefits of MAKOplasty Total Knee Replacement?

MAKOplasty total knee replacement utilizes robotic technology that helps surgeons improve accuracy over traditional surgery and make adjustments for muscular and soft tissue alignment. The result allows patients to typically experience:

  • A better and longer-performing joint
  • Preservation of healthy bone and tissue
  • Faster recovery after surgery, including a shorter hospital stay and quicker rehabilitation
  • Restoration of a natural range of motion in the knee
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When is MAKOplasty Total Knee Replacement the best option?

Patients with joint degeneration who haven't experienced adequate results with medication and other conservative treatments may be candidates for knee replacement surgery. Based on the severity of your condition, an orthopedic surgeon will help determine if a partial or total knee replacement is right for you and whether you’re a good candidate for MAKOplasty robotic-arm assisted technology.

Meet Our Doctors: Orthopedics and Joint Replacement
Dr. Kamala Littleton, Orthopedic Surgeon
Kamala Littleton, M.D.

Dr. Kamala Littleton specializes in joint replacement and reconstruction for the hip, knee and shoulder. Her areas of expertise include anterior hip replacement, MAKO knee resurfacing, minimally invasive total knee replacement and ACL reconstruction.

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Patient Story:
Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy - Baltimore

A Mercy patient tells of her experience with a total knee replacement - one that went so well she later returned to Mercy to have the other knee replaced as well.

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