MAKO Technology = A Quicker Recovery
With the traditional type of knee replacement, the surgeon has to make an incision that is 8 to 10 inches long to access the knee joint. That involves significant disruption to the soft tissue surrounding the joint. There’s more blood loss and more post-operative pain than with a robotic knee replacement, and the recovery time is typically around eight to 10 weeks.
With the MAKOplasty robotics system that Dr. Martin uses, the incision is usually 4 to 6 inches. There’s less blood loss, less bone damage, less soft tissue disruption (with no need to cut the quadriceps muscles) and less pain after the procedure. Many patients are able to go home the same day they have surgery, using a walker for balance if necessary.
Whether you are a good candidate for a robotic knee replacement depends on factors such as your unique body structure, how much deformity there is to your knee, if you’ve had previous surgeries and if you have other health conditions that might affect how rapidly you heal.
Likewise, your recovery time following a robotic knee replacement will depend on personal factors, including your overall health status and whether you will need physical therapy.
In almost all cases, the recovery period is considerably shorter with the minimally invasive surgery that MAKO technology makes possible.