Memorial Bone & Joint Research Foundation
Memorial Bone & Joint Research Foundation
Partial Knee Resurfacing with MAKOplasty®

Description of MAKOplasty® and potential benefits to patients:

• MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for patients living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.

• MAKOplasty® is powered by the Tactile Guidance System™, or TGS™, which is comprised of a surgeon-interactive tactile robotic arm and 3-D virtual visualization system. Its robotic arm technology enables surgeons to precisely resurface the arthritic portion of the knee and optimally position the implant, while preserving healthy tissue and bone.
Please note: The TGS™ features a robotic arm, it is not referred to as a robot.

• MAKOplasty® is a treatment option for people with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee, who are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee
  •  Start up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
  •  Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication

• Hospital stay, recovery time and rehabilitation are minimized due to the surgical precision and minimal invasiveness of MAKOplasty® as compared to a total knee replacement.

• MAKOplasty® offers patients the following potential benefits:

  • Improved surgical outcomes
  •  Less implant wear and loosening
  • Joint resurfacing
  • Bone sparing
  •  Smaller incision
  •  Less Scarring
  •  Reduced blood loss
  •  Minimal hospitalization
  •  A more rapid recovery

• MAKOplasty® provides a new option for those who are advised to manage their knee pain non-surgically, waiting until the disease progresses enough to have a total knee replacement. Many of these patients find their daily activities and lifestyle negatively affected by their disease and may benefit from earlier surgical intervention that alleviates pain and provides more normal knee function.

• The Tactile Guidance System™ and implants used during MAKOplasty® procedures were developed and marketed by MAKO Surgical Corp. More information on MAKO Surgical is available online at

Click here to download the MAKOplasty® patient education brochure.

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