An Innovative Joint Replacement Technique with Exact Precision

MAKOplasty® is one of the latest surgical advancements utilized by the pioneering Joint Replacement Team at EmergeOrtho. It is powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows for consistently reproducible precision throughout surgery.

With the use of MAKOplasty®, EmergeOrtho’s talented team of surgeons can achieve the utmost accuracy and precision, providing you with the best chances for a successful outcome.

MAKOplasty® Partial and Total Knee Procedures

MAKOplasty® is an innovative treatment option that can be successfully utilized in both partial and total knee resurfacing procedures. Partial knee resurfacing is typically reserved for candidates living with early to mid stage osteoarthritis (OA) in either the medial (inner), lateral (outer), patellofemoral (front), or a combination of two compartments in the knee. If the early to mid stage OA is present in most or all compartments of the knee, total knee resurfacing (replacement) will most likely be needed.

During the partial knee resurfacing 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, allowing the knee to regain mobility. A total knee replacement procedure is very similar to a partial knee resurfacing procedure, except that all areas of the knee are resurfaced with a total knee replacement, rather than just one spot.

MAKOplasty® knee resurfacing can:

  • Facilitate optimal implant positioning
  • Result in a speedier recovery and shorter hospital stay
  • Be performed on an outpatient basis in some cases
  • Promote rapid relief from pain and a quicker return to daily activities

MAKOplasty® Hip Procedure

The MAKOplasty® hip procedure is a treatment option for people suffering with either non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease (DJD), as well as osteonecrosis of the hip.

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint consisting of the spherical head of the femur (thighbone), which moves inside a cup-shaped hollow socket in the pelvis (acetabulum). When cartilage in the hip wears down, bare bone is exposed. When bone-on-bone contact occurs within the joint, it can cause pain in the groin, hip, spine, thigh, and/or knee.

Hip implants reconstruct a bearing surface to replace lost cartilage and prevent painful bone-on-bone grinding. Total hip replacement consists of removing diseased bone in the acetabulum, which is fit with a cup and liner, and replacing the femoral head with new head and stem components.

MAKOplasty® technology helps the surgeon accurately place and align the implant components, which is critical to the success of the hip replacement.The RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System enables surgeons to use a 3D anatomic reconstruction based on a CT scan of the patient’s hip to pre-surgically plan implant positioning. During the procedure, it provides real-time data for intraoperative adjustments, further enabling surgeons to optimally align and position implants, and accurately reproduce the surgical plan.

The operation is performed by first preparing the socket (aka the acetabulum). The surgeon uses the robotic arm to accurately ream and shape the acetabulum to prepare it for cup placement. The RIO® enables accuracy in controlling the depth of bone removal and determining the hip’s center of rotation, which aids in implant positioning and alignment. When the bone preparation is complete, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to implant the cup, and the plastic liner is then locked into the metal cup. Moving on to the femur, the surgeon shapes the inner aspect of the bone required for the implant, and the femoral component’s position is measured by RIO®. The femoral stem is implanted and the correct ball size is attached to the stem to reconstruct leg length and soft tissue tension.


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