MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing

MAKOplasty® at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • This procedure is available at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.
  • To schedule an appointment with a MAKOplasty-certified physician call:
    • Aurora Advanced Orthopaedics at 414-219-3300
    • Milwaukee Orthopaedic Group, Ltd at 414-276-6000

Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has always been at the forefront of advancements in orthopedic surgery. This is especially true today, as a number of its orthopedic surgeons are offering a new procedure called MAKOplasty: a robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). Aurora Sinai Medical Center is currently the only Aurora hospital offering this new, innovative procedure for partial knee resurfacing (replacement).

MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is designed to relieve pain and restore range of motion for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not progressed to all three compartments of the knee. By selectively targeting the part the knee damaged by OA, surgeons can resurface the knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.

"Intelligent" robotic-arm technology and accurate 3-D visualization of the knee guides the surgeon to perform a precise and controlled resurfacing of the patient's knee.

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing Can:

  • Enable surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee
  • Preserve healthy tissue and bone
  • Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
  • Result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement surgery

Unlike other, more invasive surgeries, this procedure is performed through a four to six inch incision over the knee with small incisions in both the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin). With MAKOplasty, only the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient's healthy bone and surrounding tissue. This results in a more natural feeling knee. And since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKOplasty® partial knee procedures may still be a candidate for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.

The MAKOplasty® procedure is indicated for patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental 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 pre-operative X-rays and CT scan.

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing

Physicians should discuss the specific risks associated with MAKOplasty® and other treatment options with patients. In addition, patients should be informed of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions by their surgeon or his or her staff.

As a knee arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty® is typically covered by Medicare insures- patients should check with their private health insurers. In some cases it may be performed on an outpatient basis depending on what the surgeon determines is the right course of treatment.

Aurora Sinai Medical Center is eager to offer this new technology. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, nearly 15 million people suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, with pain and limited range of motion being the primary symptoms. It is a leading cause of disability worldwide.

Aurora Health Care and orthopedic surgeons welcome the technology

Two Milwaukee area orthopedic surgeons embracing this new technology shared their thoughts about bringing this technology to patients at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. Michael Anderson, MD, from Aurora Advanced Healthcare, said, "MAKOplasty® technology allows us to selectively replace only the damaged portions of a patient's knee with pinpoint accuracy, improving quality of life and reducing the pain of osteoarthritis -- so patients will be the true benefactors of this advanced technology."

Theodore Gertel, MD, added, "As an orthopedic surgeon, I'm excited to offer this new procedure at Aurora Sinai. I'm looking forward to seeing my orthopedic patients resume their activities of daily living in a much shorter length of time, as compared to having a total knee replacement -- and that's a definite 'win-win' proposition for everyone involved."

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any knee surgical procedure, including MAKOplasty.® The physician can explain these risks and help determine if MAKOplasty® is right for the patient.

To schedule an appointment with a MAKOplasty-certified physician call:

  • Aurora Advanced Orthopaedics at 414-219-3300
  • Milwaukee Orthopaedic Group, Ltd at 414-276-6000

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