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Relief for Aching Knees
Our knees and hips keep us moving. Unfortunately, they also wear out with time, producing the joint pain and stiffness that so many of us experience as we age. In fact, nearly half of all Americans will develop osteoarthritis of the knee at some point in their lifetime.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease in which healthy joint tissue breaks down, losing the cushion between the bones and leaving you with bone-against-bone friction. This can be quite painful and limit your physical activity. Typically, patients are recommended non-operative treatments first, including weight loss, non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs and changes in activity.
Many cases of knee osteoarthritis are unresponsive to nonsurgical treatments, leaving surgery as the patient's only option for relief. However, in the past, many patients have decided against surgery because of the lengthy recovery times, but that is changing, thanks to a procedure known as MAKO.
The MAKO system is an exciting innovation that resurfaces your knee (and can also be used on hips). MAKO can help patients back on their feet faster - and in Sacramento, MAKOplasty® is available in our area at the Dignity Health hospitals.
MAKO is an excellent option for end-stage osteoarthritis limited to one or two compartments of the knee. Prior to the MAKO procedure, your physician will use sophisticated imaging and software to build a 3-D reconstruction of your joint. This not only provides a blueprint for a customized patient-specific implant, it also allows the surgeon to position and align the implant with pinpoint accuracy. This is crucial to ensure comfort, natural motion and implant longevity.
Unlike traditional knee surgery, the MAKO system removes only the arthritic tissue. An implant replaces the lost bone tissue, providing a smooth artificial surface with a shape and fit customized precisely to the patient's unique anatomy. This procedure is performed through a small incision, which helps speed the healing process. During the procedure, a surgeon-operated robotic arm provides incredible precision for the surgeon to place the implants.
The benefits to MAKO include:
- Optimally positioned implants allowing for a natural-feeling knee
- Performed through a smaller incision than required for
- total knee replacement surgery
- Only the arthritic portion is removed, preserving healthy bone and tissue and sparing all of the knee ligaments
- Minimal hospitalization, rapid recovery
- Less implant wearing
MAKOplasty knee resurfacing patients are encouraged to walk the same day of surgery and in many cases, return to normal daily activities within a couple of weeks.
To learn more about MAKO and other treatment options for aching knees and hips, register to attend one of our upcoming free joint pain seminars. We want to help you get your life back in motion!
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