MAKO for knees

MAKO partial knee resurfacing is designed to:

  • Help surgeons precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee
  • Preserve healthy tissue and bone
  • Help with positioning the implant to result in a more natural-feeling knee following surgery
  • Result in a more rapid recovery

See animation of how MAKO partial knee resurfacing is done.

For people with early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis in the knee that has not progressed to all three compartments of the joint, MAKO partial knee resurfacing removes the diseased portion of the knee, helping to spare healthy bone and tissue. An implant is then secured, allowing the knee to move smoothly again.

For patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmenal knee disease, a total replacement is sometimes necessary if the surgeon discovers during surgery that the knee has more damage than originally seen in the preoperative X-rays and CT scan.

Unlike other more invasive procedures, MAKO can often be performed through a four- to six-inch incision over your knee, with small incisions in both your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin). Additionally, the technology helps preserve healthy bone and tissue and customizes implant positioning based on your anatomy, which can result in a more natural-feeling knee. And since healthy bone is preserved, you may still be a candidate for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.

Your physician should discuss the specific risks associated with MAKO and other treatment options with you. In addition, you should be informed of any preoperative and postoperative instructions by your surgeon or the surgery staff.

As an arthroplasty procedure, MAKO is typically covered by Medicare insurers, though patients should check with their health insurer.

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, including MAKO. Your physician can explain these risks and help determine if MAKO is right for you.