A unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) is a surgical procedure in which either the inside or inside part of the knee joint is replaced. It is suitable for patients experiencing pain in just one side of their knee. The doctor will remove part of the deteriorated bone and replace it with an artificial knee.
Indications for Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty
- Patients with moderate osteoarthritis of the knee
- Patients with osteoarthritis in either the inside or outside of the knee
- Patients with slightly deformed or arched knees
- Patients suffering from knee pain that does not respond to non-surgical treatments, such as weight loss, medication, and physical therapy
What is MAKOplasty®?
MAKOplasty® is a robotic arm assisted joint replacement surgery
that may be used for both unicompartmental knee arthroplasty and hip replacement surgery
MAKOplasty® for Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty
Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty requires expertise of the doctor to correctly place the artificial joint so it blends seamlessly with the existing joint. Incorrect placement may affect the durability of the artificial joint, preventing it from lasting as long as it should and requiring another surgery that may not be as effective as the first.
The robotic arm system used for surgery is comprised of the interactive robotic arm itself, a three-dimensional imaging system, and a computer that controls all functions of the system to ensure they work in harmony. This allows the doctor to meticulously plan the treatment and increase the accuracy of the surgery, reducing the chances of surgical errors.
Benefits of MAKOplasty® for Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty
- The patient may begin walking within 24 hours of the surgery
- Less pain, less blood loss when compared with traditional surgery
- Quicker recovery - the patient may return home sooner and will usually only be at the hospital for about one day
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Lower risks of infection
- The artificial knee usually lasts longer than usual
- The patient can move their knee naturally as tendons and tissues around the knee is not damaged during surgery
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