Knee replacement surgery has come a long way since the first procedure was performed in 1968. Now, surgical options for total knee replacement (also known as total knee arthroplasty) involve advanced and innovative approaches. At EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region our Joint Replacement and Hip and Knee Teams utilize progressive surgical techniques to help patients eliminate knee pain, discomfort, and to help restore mobility.
One of the most prominent advancements in knee replacement surgery is MAKOplasty®. This surgical approach works via the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, enabling our joint replacement surgeons ultimate precision and accuracy. And, patients can benefit in a number of ways, including a more rapid recovery.
Learn more about the difference between knee arthroplasty and MAKOplasty and how to maximize knee surgery recovery to Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better.
How Do You Know if You Need a Knee Replacement for Knee Pain?
Knee pain can be excruciating and frustrating. When conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, cortisone injections, and rest fail to reduce symptoms, knee replacement surgery will likely be recommended. In some cases, types of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis) or a past knee injury, simply do not respond to nonsurgical treatment.
If you continue to experience symptoms of pain and discomfort, coupled with mobility problems, it is crucial to consult with an expert knee joint replacement specialist. Not only are our EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region surgeons experts in their field, they are highly skilled and trained in computer and robotic-assisted knee replacement procedures.
Makoplasty vs. Arthroplasty
In a traditional knee arthroplasty surgery, an orthopedic surgeon replaces damaged cartilage and bone from the knee with metal and plastic implants.
MAKOplasty robotic technology can be used for both total and partial knee replacements, either completely resurfacing the damaged area of the knee, or focusing on one area of damage, which is a total or a partial knee replacement.
Additional advantages of MAKOplasty include:
- Increased accuracy of implant positioning
- Faster postoperative recovery
- Option of having as an outpatient procedure
In many cases, patients also experience a more rapid relief from pain with MAKOplasty than traditional arthroplasty and are able to return to daily activities sooner.
Makoplasty Total Knee Replacement Recovery Time
Recovery time from knee replacement surgery varies. Most patients can resume normal daily activities between six and twelve weeks after traditional knee replacement surgery. Although many patients who have MAKOplasty total knee replacement report faster recovery (compared with traditional arthroplasty), full recovery can take several months.
Research demonstrates that MAKOplasty knee replacement patients may experience improved outcomes compared with those of traditional knee replacements. One study showed positive results in pain reduction, patient satisfaction, and physical function scores (measured by Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index, WOMAC) six months following surgery.
For optimal recovery it is crucial for patients to follow their surgeon’s post-surgical guidelines. These include a gradual rehabilitation program, focusing on exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee and help restore mobility.
Do You Qualify for MAKOplasty?
The best way to know for sure if you are a candidate for MAKOplasty is to schedule a consultation with an EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region Joint Replacement Specialist. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating many types of knee conditions and injuries utilizing advanced approaches.
If you have been experiencing knee pain and swelling or joint pain, and everyday tasks are starting to affect your knee, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. Or, call us any time at (919) 220-5255.