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MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing

For patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis or degenerative knee conditions, the Hedley Orthopaedic Institute offers the MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing procedure. Unlike total knee replacement (which replaces the entire knee joint), the MAKOplasty procedure enables a surgeon to accurately target only the damaged portion of a patient’s knee — leaving the healthy, unaffected portions intact. Combining CT-scanned 3D knee modeling capabilities and state-of-the-art robotic arm technology, MAKOplasty enables an implant to be optimally aligned, positioned and secured in the joint. As a result, the patient’s knee is able to move smoothly again.


Is MAKOplasty right for me?

Patients who have early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis in just one or two of the knee’s three compartments may be eligible for MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing. This is a great alternative to having a total knee replacement (TKR) for many patients.

What benefits does MAKOplasty offer over TKR?

Designed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration, MAKOplasty offers the following potential benefits:

  • Improved surgical outcomes
  • Less implant wear and loosening
  • Joint resurfacing
  • Bone sparing
  • Smaller incision
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Minimal hospitalization
  • Rapid recovery
Traditional Knee Surgery versus MAKOplasty®
Traditional Knee Replacement*
Average Hospital Stay
3 – 7 days
1 – 3 days
Average Recovery Period
6 – 8 weeks
Approximately 2 weeks
Average Incision Length
8 – 10 inches
2 – 3 inches
Surgical Summary
Total knee replacement(damaged and healthy bone/tissues)
Resurfacing of damagedbone/tissues only


It is also worth noting that the failure rate of MAKOplasty is just 0.4% two years after surgery. This figure is nine times lower than manual partial knee replacements (PKRs). Also, nearly nine out of ten patients say they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” two years after their procedure.

The MAKOplasty Process: Start to Finish

If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis – or suffer from knee pain and swelling – then you may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute. During your initial consultation, the orthopaedic surgeon may assess your knee and order CT scans of your knee. These CT scans are used to create 3-D digital images of the knee. These images allow your surgeon to design a knee implant that is modeled exclusively for your anatomy.

During the actual partial knee resurfacing procedure, the surgeon uses a minimally invasive approach to remove the diseased portions of your knee. Once the damaged cartilage, bone spurs, and loose matter have been removed, the surgeon uses the tool’s robotic arm to align, position, and secure the patient-specific implant on your joint. Many patients are walking just hours after the procedure.

How long does it take to recover from MAKOplasty?

While you may be able to walk the same day, returning to a normal lifestyle takes one to four weeks, depending on the patient. Your surgeon may refer you to an outpatient physical therapist following the procedure to help get you going again. 

Does insurance cover MAKOplasty? 

Most private insurers and Medicare-approved insurance plans cover MAKOplasty robotic partial knee resurfacing since it is a knee arthroplasty procedure. Contact your insurance provider for more information.

Schedule Robotic Partial Knee Resurfacing in Phoenix or Mesa

Drs. Jimmy Chow, Brandon Gough and Brian McWhorter offer the MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing procedure. At Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, your surgeon will provide you with as much information as you need to choose the right knee procedure. Total hip replacement surgery is a major decision, and you deserve to have the procedure that’s right for your anatomy and lifestyle. To schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon in Phoenix, Tempe, or Mesa, contact us.


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