Partial Knee Resurfacing - Relief

for Osteoarthritis Pain

If you suffer from knee pain due to early- or mid-stage osteoarthritis, you may be a candidate for MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing. MAKOplasty uses an advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm that allows the surgeon to accurately target and repair only the diseased portion of the knee, saving as much of your natural knee as possible.

Potential benefits of this less invasive alternative to total knee replacement include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Shorter hospitalization
  • More rapid recovery
  • Less implant wear and loosening
  • Smaller incision and scar
  • Better motion and a more natural feeling knee
  • Quicker return to walking and normal activity

To increase your chances of returning to an active lifestyle, talk with a physician about knee resurfacing before your osteoarthritis progresses too far.

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Faster Recovery with Less Pain
This minimally invasive knee resurfacing is performed through a four to six inch incision over your knee, along with small incisions in your femur (thigh) and tibia (shin) bones.

Patient Success Stories

See how people reclaimed their active lifestyles through knee resurfacing  —

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Is Knee Resurfacing Right for You?Makoplasty Knee Resuracing

If your symptoms are similar to these characteristics of typical surgery candidates, MAKOplasty may be a good treatment option for you:

  • Experience knee pain with activity on the inner knee, outer knee or under the knee cap.
  • Feel pain when activities are initiated from a sitting position.
  • Non-surgical treatments such as non-steroidal or anti-inflammatory medication aren’t helping your knee pain.
  • Your legs aren’t bowed or knock-kneed more than 15 degrees.
  • Have early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis where damage is localized in one or two areas of your knee.

Knee Surgery at BCH

Our knee replacement program has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating compliance with national standards for quality and safety.  The Joint Commission is the nation’s largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. BCH is one of only five Colorado hospitals to have earned this important certification.

We use a patient-centered approach to medical care. Every patient receives a personalized care plan that guides the entire medical team — from the technicians who prepare the surgical suite to the rehabilitation therapists who will help you take your first steps after surgery. We’ll chaperon you through every step of the surgical process and keep your family members in the loop, too.

We offer a comprehensive range of surgical services including a dedicated orthopedic nursing unit where all clinical staff specialize in the treatment of orthopedic patients. We also can provide physical therapy and home care if you need those services.

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Preparing for a Knee Resurfacing Procedure

If you and your physician decide that knee resurfacing is the best treatment option for you, you’re invited to attend a free Pre-Surgery Joint Class to learn more about your procedure and how to prepare for it. This important education can help you get the best possible care from your medical team and improve your recovery.

Questions and Answers about Knee Resurfacing

What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis and a degenerative joint disease that causes  cartilage to break down, removing the buffer between bones. This may cause pain during normal daily activities and can eventually cause loss of motion and poor alignment of the knees.

How is knee resurfacing different from a total knee replacement?Three Areas Knee 150X225
A total knee replacement repairs all three areas of the knee (inner, outer and top). MAKOplasty is a partial knee resurfacing that repairs only the diseased portion of the knee. Damage can be repaired in one area (inner, outer or top) or two areas (inner and top).

Is MAKOplasty knee resurfacing covered by my insurance?
Knee resurfacing is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers. Check with your individual provider regarding your coverage.

How long will my MAKOplasty implant last?
The life expectancy of your implant depends on several factors including your weight, activity level, bone quality and compliance with your physician’s orders. Alignment and positioning are also important factors affecting the life expectancy of an implant. MAKOplasty allows your surgeon to achieve the optimal alignment and positioning for your implant to help it last as long as possible.

If I undergo MAKOplasty, will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
Hospital stays average from one to three days.

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