Treatment Offered At
- Joint Replacement at Long Beach Medical Center
- Minimally Invasive Surgery at Long Beach Medical Center
- Robotic-Assisted Surgery at Long Beach Medical Center
Long Beach Medical Center offers Mako Partial Knee — an innovative treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. By selectively targeting the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, our surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
It is powered by Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System, which allows for consistently reproducible precision in performing partial knee resurfacing. During the procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.
Who Would be a Good Candidate for the Mako Partial Knee Procedure?
Typically, Mako Patients Share the Following Characteristics:
- Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee and/or under the knee cap
- Startup knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
- Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
Benefits of the Mako Partial Knee Procedure:
- Improved surgical outcomes
- Less implant wear and loosening
- Joint resurfacing
- Bone sparing
- Smaller incision
- Less scarring
- Reduced blood loss
- Minimal hospitalization
- Rapid recovery
Unlike other more invasive procedures Mako 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. Since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo Mako Partial Knee procedures may still be a candidate for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.
A total replacement is sometimes necessary if your Mako-certified surgeon discovers during surgery that your knee has more damage than originally seen in the pre-operative X-rays and CT scan.
Your physician should discuss the specific risks associated with Mako and other treatment options with you. In addition, you should be informed of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions by your surgeon or his or her staff.
As a knee arthroplasty procedure, Mako is typically covered by Medicare - check with your private health insurers. In some cases it may be performed on an outpatient basis depending on what your Mako-certified surgeon determines is the right course of treatment for you.