Osteoarthritis can cause severe joint pain, which can lead to fatigue and an inability to move freely. There are a number of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for osteoarthritis. When nonsurgical treatments are ineffective, do not relieve pain, and do not improve mobility, surgical options need to be explored. However, you may not be aware that a full knee replacement is not the only surgical correction for joint treatment. Here’s what you need to know about MAKOplasty and when it is appropriate.
What is MAKOplasty?
MAKOplasty is a surgical procedure in which only the most damaged part of the knee is targeted and replaced. This is a much less invasive surgery than a total knee replacement. It uses robotic arm technology, MRIs, and x-rays to allow the surgeon to make precise incisions and replace only the part of the knee that is causing the most problems. It has a much lower recovery time, and it is much less painful.
When is MAKOplasty Used?
MAKOplasty is used to treat osteoarthritis when nonsurgical treatments are unsuccessful and the joint pain and mobility issues are caused by osteoarthritis in the early to middle stages. More advanced or severe cases of osteoarthritis need to be treated with a full knee replacement. Your doctor will use a variety of examinations and imaging to determine your candidacy for MAKOplasty or other surgical treatments.
Who Is a Candidate?
A good candidate for MAKOplasty is someone who has tried nonsurgical treatments unsuccessfully, has severe knee joint pain, and has difficulty performing everyday tasks, such as walking up and down stairs. There are some other health factors that may make you a good or bad candidate for MAKOplasty. It is a good idea to discuss your options with your doctor and allow them to make the decision.
If you have been struggling with knee pain due to osteoarthritis and are looking for new treatment options, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.