Medical Services Orthopaedics What is MAKOplasty? Find a Location Find a Doctor Orthopaedics Menu Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers Anterior Hip Approach Spine Center Total Joint Center What is MAKOplasty? Am I a candidate for MAKOplasty? MAKOplasty FAQs Patient Success Stories Living Without Limits Speaker Series Live without limits with MAKOplasty If you are experiencing knee pain in the form of osteoarthritis, MAKOplasty® is an excellent option that could improve mobility and reduce pain. It’s available at St. Elizabeth, the first in Kentucky to perform this partial-knee-resurfacing technique. The procedure is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery and is performed using a highly advanced surgeon-controlled robotic arm, resulting in reduced pain, faster recovery, a smaller incision and a more natural-feeling knee with better motion. Robotic Total Knee Replacement Dr. Hummel performed the first total knee replacement surgery using the new robotic-arm assisted technology at St. Elizabeth. This new technology is only available at a handful of medical centers in the nation. The surgeon’s use of the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System brings exceptional accuracy to the surgery — which can mean the patient has a much better result, with more natural movement and less pain after the surgery. Resurface Your Knee Back to Full Health MAKOplasty® is a robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, your surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it. MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing Can: Enable surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee. Preserve healthy tissue and bone. Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery. Result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement surgery. Unlike other more invasive procedures MAKOplasty® can often be performed through a four to six 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. Learn More For more information about MAKOplasty® and to learn more about whether or not you are a candidate, please click here.