If you suffer from knee pain due to early- or mid-stage osteoarthritis, you may be a candidate for Mako partial knee resurfacing. Mako uses an advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm that allows the surgeon to accurately target and repair only the diseased portion of the knee, saving as much of your natural knee as possible.
This minimally invasive technique is performed through a four to six inch incision over your knee, along with small incisions in your femur (thigh) and tibia (shin) bones. To increase your chances of returning to an active lifestyle, talk with a physician about knee resurfacing before your osteoarthritis progresses too far.
The Following Orthopedists Specialize in Mako Partial Knee Resurfacing:
Brian Blackwood, MD, BoulderCentre for Orthopedics, 303-449-2730
Michael Repine, MD, Boulder Medical Center, 303-440-3036
Symptoms That May Indicate You're a Candidate for Mako Include:
Experience knee pain with activity on the inner knee, outer knee or under the kneecap
Feel pain when activities are initiated from a sitting position
Non-surgical treatments such as non-steroidal or anti-inflammatory medication aren’t helping your knee pain
Your legs aren’t bowed or knock-kneed more than 15 degrees
Have early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis where damage is localized in one or two areas of your knee
Questions and Answers about Partial Knee Resurfacing:
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis and a degenerative joint disease that causes cartilage to break down, removing the buffer between bones. This may cause pain during normal daily activities and can eventually cause loss of motion and poor alignment of the knees.
How is knee resurfacing different from a total knee replacement?
A total knee replacement repairs all three areas of the knee (inner, outer and top). Mako is a partial knee resurfacing that repairs only the diseased portion of the knee. Damage can be repaired in one area (inner, outer or top) or two areas (inner and top).
Is Mako knee resurfacing covered by my insurance?
Knee resurfacing is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers. Check with your individual provider regarding your coverage.
How long will my Mako implant last?
The life expectancy of your implant depends on several factors including your weight, activity level, bone quality and compliance with your physician’s orders. Alignment and positioning are also important factors affecting the life expectancy of an implant. Mako allows your surgeon to achieve the optimal alignment and positioning for your implant to help it last as long as possible.
If I undergo Mako, will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Hospital stays average from one to three days.