Improving Hip and Knee Surgery with MAKOplasty

Are you feeling pain or stiffness while standing, walking, or getting out of chairs? Can’t get out of bed without the knee stiffening? Experiencing swelling or even a crunching feeling in your knee joint? All these symptoms are associated with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and there’s a new treatment option available to Hampton Roads residents – MAKOplasty®.

MAKOplasty is a robotic arm controlled by surgeons. The surgeon determines what portions of the knee are affected by osteoarthritis and then if using MAKOplasty can resurface the knee while making certain the surrounding bone and ligaments are not injured. This precise technique preserves healthy tissue and bone and allows optimal placement of the artificial knee to result in a more natural feeling after knee surgery. Another benefit is a rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than a traditional total knee replacement.

And the MAKOplasty robotic arm technology isn’t just used for knee surgery, but also for total hip replacement. Individuals experiencing hip pain or stiffness during walking, limping, or failure to respond to non-surgical treatments may be qualified for the procedure. Surgery using RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System is used for patients with non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease.

The benefits to the patient and the surgeon have sparked lots of positive feedback. A typical patient is out of the hospital within a few days and moving on the joint within hours of the surgery.

With all the positive uses, it may come as a shock to learn there is only one MAKOplasty robot in the Hampton Roads area. Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News is the first and only location to offer the innovative procedure. Surgeries are performed by Anthony Carter, MD, FAAOS.

For more information about MAKOplasty, visit! You can also contact a member of the Bon Secours Orthopaedic Institute for more information about joint replacement surgery!

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