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Knee Pain and Problems

MAKOplasty® knee surgery can shorten your recovery time and get you back on your feet faster.

If you’re considering a full knee replacement, there may be another option for you.

MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. The MAKOplasty® procedure is powered by the proven, highly accurate RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows your surgeon to achieve consistently reproducible results so you can return to an active lifestyle sooner than a traditional full knee replacement.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Putnam Hospital Center are the only hospitals in the Hudson Valley and the Capital District to offer MAKOplasty®.

MAKOplasty® Benefits

MAKOplasty® can be performed as either an inpatient or outpatient procedure. Your hospital stay will typically be from 1 to 3 days. In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.

What Happens During Surgery

MAKOplasty® surgery works in tandem with the RIO® robotic arm to allow your surgeon to benefit from three-dimensional, presurgical planning. During the procedure, your surgeon will make a 4 to 6-inch incision over your knee, with small incisions in both your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin). The diseased portion of the knee is then resurfaced, sparing healthy bone and surrounding tissue. Then the implant is secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again. RIO® technology provides the surgeon with real-time, tactile and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing and implant positioning. The accuracy in positioning can result in your experiencing more natural knee motion after surgery.

Are You a Candidate?

MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is for patients who suffer from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease, usually caused by osteoarthritis. This degenerative joint disease can be caused by a previous knee injury, repetitive strain on the knee, improper joint alignment, being overweight and/or sports-generated stress on the knee joints.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing:

  • Knee pain during activity
  • Start-up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
  • Stiffness in knee joint when getting out of bed
  • Swelling in one or more areas of the knee
  • A grating or crunching feeling when you use your knee
  • Pain unrelieved by nonsurgical treatments or nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory medication

Ask your physician to discuss the specific risks associated with the procedure as well as other treatment options for you.

What to Expect as a Patient

MAKOplasty® can be performed as either an inpatient or outpatient procedure. Your hospital stay will typically be from 1 to 3 days. In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.

Educational Seminars

To learn more about the procedure and see if it’s right for you, attend an informational seminar at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. See Events for upcoming seminar dates and locations.

Insurance

MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is typically covered by Medicare and most private insurers. Check with your insurance plan.

Health

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Learn more about knee pain and how MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing works.

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing Video

Knee Pain and Problems

Orthopedic Center of Excellence
45 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 483-6088
The Orthopaedic Institute
670 Stoneleigh Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512
(877) ORTHO-ONE (678-4666)