MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing

A painful knee makes movement limited, making living an active life challenging. Shelby Baptist Medical Center features MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing, a surgical knee pain treatment option for patients with mid-stage osteoarthritis.

What Is Knee Arthritis?

The cartilage provides a cushioned surface between the bones that allows them to glide smoothly over each other. The synovium lining the joints supplies lubrication, oxygen and nutrients to the cartilage. The knee is one of the joints most affected by osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the joints' cartilage breaks down, decreasing the gap between the bones.

Consequently, bones rub on each other, causing stiffness, swelling and pain. Even though osteoarthritis usually affects some people 50 years old and older, younger individuals may also develop this disease. Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee include:

  • Knee joint becoming stiff, swollen and difficult to straighten or bend
  • Swelling and pain may be worse after resting or sitting or in the morning
  • Pain flaring up after vigorous activity
  • Crepitus or the creaking, snapping, grinding or clicking noise from the knee
  • Pain that makes knees weaken or buckle
  • Joint pain intensity that may depend on the weather

What Is Makoplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing?

Mako robotic-assisted partial knee resurfacing is a knee osteoarthritis treatment option. Unlike a total knee replacement that replaces all knee compartments, partial knee resurfacing is also known as partial knee replacement surgery, which focuses on replacing only the damaged surface of the knee joint. This approach minimizes trauma to healthy bone and tissue. 

MAKOplasty or Mako partial knee replacement may be suitable for patients with osteoarthritis limited to just one of the knee compartments. The procedure uses the Mako robotic-arm-assisted technology, which aids surgeons in pre-surgical planning and during the operation. This technology provides real-time feedback, helping ensure surgical tools and implants are accurately positioned on the surgical site. MAKOplasty may result in a quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional knee replacements. However, some patients may need total knee replacement in the future, depending on the outcome of their surgery.

How Long Does Knee Resurfacing Last?

Approximately 82% of total knee replacements and 70% of partial knee replacements are expected to last 25 years. Studies on partial knee replacements using specific technologies have shown that most implants remain effectively functional five years after the operation. Further research supports these findings, indicating that many modern total knee replacements are still in good condition 15 years post-surgery. However, the duration can vary based on several factors, making regular check-ups with orthopedic specialists crucial to monitoring the implant's condition.

Find an Orthopedic Doctor in Alabaster, AL

Knee pain doesn’t have to be a part of your routine. If you need to speak with one of our orthopedic doctors to learn more about treatments for your joint aches and pains, Shelby Baptist Medical Center is here for you so you can get the treatment suited to your unique needs. Please don’t delay care.