Knee Replacement Surgery Through Makoplasty


By: West Boca Medical Center Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
In 1968, the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl, the first Hot Wheels toy car made its debut, and Richard Nixon was elected President of the U.S. It was also the year that the first knee replacement surgery was performed. More than 600,000 total knee replacements are performed in the U.S. each year to help relieve pain and decrease disability in people with knee problems.
The knee joint, which is one of the largest in the body, can wear out for numerous reasons, such as inflammation caused by arthritis, injury or everyday wear and tear. Knee replacement surgery may be recommended if pain limits activities, chronic inflammation in the knee does not improve with medications, the knee is stiff or deformed, or there is moderate to severe pain that occurs during rest. Most patients who undergo knee replacement surgery are over the age of 50. However, the procedure may be beneficial to patients of all ages depending on the individual’s levels of pain and disability.
Depending on the cause of the pain, some people may not require a complete knee replacement. West Boca Medical Center offers MAKOplasty robot-assisted partial knee resurfacing, a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve knee pain and restore range of motion. This surgery preserves healthy bone and tissue, typically resulting in a shorter hospital stay with a faster recovery time.
What is MAKOplasty?
MAKOplasty helps treat patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee, which is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The procedure also helps patients who have arthritis in the hip. About 450,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed in the United States each year.
When West Boca Medical Center’s surgeons perform MAKOplasty total hip or partial knee replacement procedures, they use the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. The technology features a robotic arm with integrated surgical instruments and a 3-D virtual patient-specific visualization system.
The system uses a CT scan of a patient’s knee or hip to provide surgeons with a pre-surgical plan for bone preparation and customized implant positioning. During a procedure, the system creates a 3-D view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan.
As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, acoustic and visual feedback limits bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides optimal implant positioning and placement for each patient.
For more information about the MAKOplasty hip and knee procedures, please visit or call 866-904-WBMC (9262).