The MAKOplasty procedure is powered by the RIO robotic arm system, a breakthrough in orthopaedic surgery, providing a precise 3D virtual image of a patient's knee so that a surgeon can pinpoint osteo-arthritis damage for repair while leaving healthy bone and tissue intact. Using a CT scan of the patient's knee, the surgeon creates a pre-operative surgical plan for optimal bone preparation and implant positioning. During the procedure, the RIO system provides the surgeon with real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback, enabling reproducible precision and optimal positioning of the implant within the knee. MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing makes it possible to resurface the damaged area of a knee without compromising the healthy bone and tissue surrounding it.
According to orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Joel Nilsson, MAKOplasty is ideal for patients with early to mid-stage osteo-arthritis of the knee who have been putting off knee surgery because of the recuperation time and pain involved. "Our goal is to help patients get back to living their life to the fullest - playing golf, playing with their kids, taking care of their home and working - things they may be having trouble doing because of constant knee pain. The new MAKOplasty technology can help them get back to living their lives more quickly and with less pain."
Many of the people in San Antonio suffering from chronic knee pain may be concerned about the long recovery time and scarring of total knee replacement surgery. With MAKOplasty, an orthopaedic surgeon is able to perform a partial knee resurfacing procedure that treats only the damaged areas of the knee. MAKOplasty is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration, providing a quicker recovery and improved surgical outcome for patients with osteo-arthritis in only one part of the knee.
"The biggest benefit to the patient is a quick return to a more productive lifestyle", continued Dr. Nilsson, who performs MAKOplasty procedures at Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio. "Patients who undergo a traditional knee surgery can often require six weeks to three months of recovery and rehab before being able to return to normal day-to-day life. With MAKOplasty, we can let most people go home within 24 hours and back on their feet in as little as one to two weeks."
Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio is a 20 private suite facility with four state-of-the-art operating suites. Its surgeons specialize in bariatric surgery, ENT surgery, general surgery, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, pain management and spinal surgery. The hospital opened in 2007 and is conveniently located in the South Texas Medical Center of San Antonio.