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If you suffer from knee osteoarthritis or hip pain, know that you’re not alone. Current medical research suggests that nearly 27 million adults in the U.S. suffer from knee osteoarthritis.

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You’ve probably heard about total knee replacement (TKR) and total hip replacement (THR) surgery from friends or your physician. After all, thousands of people choose these procedures every year. However, you’ve also probably heard about the long recovery time, intense physical therapy process, and the pain that is associated with these procedures. It doesn’t have to be that way.

An Alternative to Knee & Hip Replacement: MAKOplasty® 

For patients in the Salt Lake City area, there are options. At the Center for Precision Joint Replacement, surgeons are specially trained to use MAKO®, a cutting-edge surgical technology that uses minimally invasive techniques, robotic arms, and advanced digital 3-D modeling to repair damage done to joints by osteoarthritis. 

Are you a candidate for MAKO®?

  • Knees: The MAKO® partial knee resurfacing procedure is primarily used in treating patients who have early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis in one or two of the knee’s three compartments.
  • Hips: The MAKO® total hip replacement surgery is primarily used in treating patients who experience localized and/or radiating hip pain, compensatory limping, and stiffness while walking.

Only a surgeon can determine if a patient is a proper candidate for a MAKO® procedure.

How It Works: MAKO® for KNEES

Prior to your knee resurfacing procedure, your surgeon will order a CT scan of the diseased knee. This scan helps the surgeon to create a patient-specific implant, a major improvement over traditional knee surgery.

During the procedure, the surgeon resurfaces the diseased portion of the knee, using real-time visual, tactile, and auditory feedback in conjunction with the RIO®Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. This technology helps the surgeon get optimal implant placement, which helps ensure long-lasting comfort and a quick recovery.

How It Works: MAKO® for HIPS

Prior to your MAKO® THA procedure, your surgeon will order a CT scan of your hips. This scan will help the surgeon develop a 3-D model of your pelvis and femur. The model helps the surgeon carefully plan out the optimal placement of your new implant.

During surgery, the surgeon will use the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System to place the implant in your hip. The entire procedure is done with real-time data and images, which gives the surgeon total control over placement of the implant. This is a huge improvement in accuracy over traditional manual techniques. 

Why Choose MAKO®: Benefits & Patient Satisfaction

Patients choose MAKO® partial knee resurfacing for a number of reasons:

  • Faster pain relief
  • Better surgical outcomes
  • Shorter hospital stay (most patients go home the next day)
  • Faster recovery
  • Smaller incision, less blood loss, less scarring
  • A more “natural” feeling knee after surgery

Furthermore, MAKO® partial knee resurfacing has an incredibly low failure rate of 0.4 percent two years after surgery. That’s 9x lower than manual partial knee replacements. Additionally, 89 percent of patients say they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the results two years after the procedure. 

Traditional Knee Surgery versus MAKO®
Traditional Knee Replacement* MAKO®
Average Hospital Stay 3 – 7 days
(inpatient only)
1 – 3 days
Average Incision Length 8 – 10 inches 4 – 6 inches
Preserved Tissues None, damaged and healthy bone/tissues are replaced Healthy bone, soft tissues and ligaments are preserved
Average Recovery Period Average 6 – 8 weeksWalking: soon after surgery

Driving: approximately
6 – 8 weeks

Normal daily activities:
6 – 8 weeks

Faster than traditional knee replacement

soon after surgeryDriving: within 2 weeksMost light activities:
within 3 – 6 weeks
Following Surgery Possible swelling:
3 – 6 months

may experience stiffness; restoration of full motion is uncommon; may feel some soft clicking of the metal and plastic.
Possible swelling:
several weeks

more natural
feeling knee

* American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Physical Therapy & Recovery Like You’ve Never Known

At The Center for Precision Joint Replacement, the follow-up care experience is unlike any other. Surgeons and physical therapists enjoy close working relationships, which ensure that you get the follow-up care you deserve. Learn more about our comprehensive rehab facilities (in Sandy and Salt Lake City). Athletes who receive the MAKO® knee procedure can take advantage of the world-class Sports Medicine services available at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center.

Most patients are able to drive a week to ten days after surgery and return to their normal lifestyle one to four weeks after surgery.

“Does MAKO® last for life?”

All implants have a limited life expectancy – even MAKOplasty® implants. Your level of physical activity, weight, and quality of bone material all determine how long your implant will last. Surgeons at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center focus on getting optimal placement of the implant, which is a key factor in extending the implant’s life. 

“Is MAKO® covered by my insurance plan?”

Because MAKO® partial knee resurfacing is a necessary knee arthroplasty procedure, most private and Medicare-approved insurance plans cover the procedure. For more information, contact your insurance provider, or view a list of health insurance plans accepted at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. For questions about coverage, call the customer service line at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center at 801-350-8559.

Have more questions about MAKO®? Call 1-866-431-WELL for more information.


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