MAKOplasty® for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement are now offered through the Sentara OrthoJoint Center at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.The surgeon-controlled robotic-assisted surgery can return patients back to health with a less invasive surgery and quicker recovery.

  • MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing

    The MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing procedure is a unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee replacement enabled by robotic arm technology that allows the surgeon to perform surgery precisely through a smaller incision as compared to standard manual procedures. It is now offered at the Sentara OrthoJoint Center at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

  • Who is a candidate?

    MAKOplastyPartial Knee Resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis in the medial (inner), patellofemoral (top), or lateral (outer) compartments of the knee.

  • How does the robotic arm work?

    Surgeons use the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that combines computer imaging with intelligent instrumentation. This allows the surgeon to precisely place an implant that has been selected for your knee.

  • Is the MAKOplasty® procedure minimally invasive?

    MAKOplasty® can often be performed through a 4-to-6-inch incision over your knee with small incisions in both your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin).

    Additionally the preservation of your own natural bone and tissue along with more ideal patient specific implant positioning may also result 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.

    During the procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient's healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

  • What are the other benefits of MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing?
    • Facilitates the optimal implant positioning that  results in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
    • Can result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional knee replacement surgery
    • Promotes a rapid relief from pain and return to daily activities
  • MAKOPlasty for total hip replacement

    MAKOplasty® for Total Hip Replacement is offered through the Sentara OrthoJoint Center at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. If hip pain limits your activities and lifestyle, you may be suffering from degenerative joint disease (DJD). Your doctor may recommend a MAKOplasty® Total Hip procedure.

  • Who is a good candidate for the MAKOplasty® total hip procedure?

    If you have one or more of the following symptoms, talk to you doctor – you may be a candidate for MAKOplasty.

    • Pain while putting weight on the affected joints
    • Limping to lessen the weight-bearing pressure on the hip
    • Hip pain or stiffness during walking or other impact activities
    • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or pain medication
  • What is total hip replacement?

    Patients who have DJD may benefit from total hip replacement, also referred to as total hip arthroplasty. This is a surgical procedure in which the arthritic hip joint is replaced by implants, which include:

    • A metal cup with a plastic liner, which replaces the socket (acetabulum) in the pelvis
    • A metal femoral stem and head
    • The goal of total hip replacement is to increase your ability to move  and to enjoy daily activities.
  • How does MAKOplasty® work?

    If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for the MAKOplasty procedure, one or two weeks prior to your surgery date you will receive a CT scan of your hip. This is used to create a 3-D model of your hip, pelvis and femur.

    The surgeon uses the RIO® software with information from the model to plan your surgery based on your unique anatomy. During surgery, the software provides real-time information to optimize implant positioning and alignment, and the robotic arm is used to prepare your socket and guide placement of the implants.

  • What are the benefits of MAKOplasty®?

    MAKOplasty benefits may include:

    • Accurate placement of your hip implant using the surgeon-controlled robotic arm system
    • More consistency in leg length
    • Decreased risk of the implant and bone abnormally rubbing together
    • Make sure to discuss all of your options with your doctor to determine what would work best for you.

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