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A Knee Procedure Customized for You

Never fear stairs again. If you've got knee pain, turn to the Best Minds in Medicine for a faster recovery, now possible with robotic-arm assisted technology.

University of Chicago Medicine orthopaedic experts offer tailored solutions for treating knee pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Using advanced robotic-arm assisted technology, our surgeons can resurface areas of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis while sparing healthy bone and ligaments. Unlike more invasive techniques, this approach, combined with a patient-specific surgical plan and more accurate partial knee implant placement, results in a more natural feeling knee compared with total knee replacement.

This innovative approach, called Mako partial knee resurfacing, offers several benefits for patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis pain that is not controlled by medication. Advantages include:

  • Precise knee resurfacing, which targets only the arthritic portion of the knee, preserving healthy tissue and bone
  • Accurate knee resurfacing that facilitates better knee implant positioning, resulting in a more natural feeling knee after surgery
  • A quicker recovery and a shorter hospital stay compared to total knee replacement surgery
  • Since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo this procedure may still be candidates for total knee replacement later in life, if necessary.
Mako partial knee resurfacingBefore surgery, a CT scan is taken of the knee and is used to create a 3-D anotomical model of the knee. This model allows the surgeon to more accurately plan the surgery, knee resurfacing and implant placement. During surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon guides the robotic arm to prepare bone for a knee implant. The robotic system aids the surgeon by ensuring that bone removal is confined to affected areas, stopping the robotic arm if necessary.

Is Mako partial knee resurfacing right for you?

Request an appointment online or call 1-888-824-0200 to schedule an appointment with a University of Chicago Medicine knee care expert who can help you find the best solution for your knee pain.

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