Azalea Orthopedics is now offering MAKOplasty® partial and total knee replacements. This technology allows physicians to create a personalized pre-operative plan. MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery using a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system.
The partial knee procedure is a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis who have not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. During Mako total knee replacement surgery, the diseased or damaged joint is replaced with an artificial joint called an implant, which is designed to moved much like a human joint.
MAKOplasty potentially offers the following benefits as compared to traditional total knee surgery:
- Reduced pain.
- Minimal hospitalization.
- More rapid recovery.
- Less implant wear and loosening.
- Smaller scar.
- Reproduceable results.
“Before surgery, I get a CT scan to create a 3D model to plan the size and alignment of the prosthesis. In surgery, my plan is confirmed,” said Dr. Matthew Jones, Azalea Orthopedics surgeon. “I control the MAKO robotic arm to implant the Stryker Triathlon knee prosthesis. With this new technology, accuracy is about 1 millimeter, so I expect a better result for my patients.”
Through its innovative use of technology, MAKOplasty takes partial and total knee replacements to a new level of precision. The system enables the surgeon to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s own knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan. As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, auditory and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for real time adjustments and more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.
“Precision is key in planning and performing partial knee surgeries,” said Dr. Ken Kaminski, surgeon, with Azalea Orthopedics. “For a good outcome, you need to align and position the implants just right. Precision in surgery and in the pre-operative planning process is what Mako Robotic Arm-Assisted Technology can deliver for each individual patient.”
The opportunity for early intervention is important as OA is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.