Following are frequently asked questions and answers about MAKOplasty®. Please call us at (386) 943-4833 if you need additional information.

What is the MAKOplasty® procedure?
The MAKOplasty® procedure is an FDA-cleared treatment option for patients who suffer from osteoarthritis damage in the medial (inner) portion of the knee. Using the RIO®Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopaedic System, we are able to perform this procedure through a 4- to 6-inch incision as opposed to the 8-inch or larger incision required for traditional total knee replacement surgery. Only the diseased portion of your knee is removed, leaving the healthy bone and tissue surrounding it untouched. An implant is then secured in your knee joint that will allow your knee to move smoothly again. Like other partial knee repair/replacement surgeries, MAKOplasty®  is typically covered by health insurance.

Who would be a good candidate for the MAKOplasty® procedure?
Although the best treatment for each patient must be determined individually, typical MAKOplasty® patients share the following characteristics:

  • Pain while standing or walking short distances
  • Knee swelling
  • Knee locking or giving out during activity
  • No improvement after trying non-surgical treatments such as rest, weight loss, physical therapy or non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications

If I have these symptoms, could osteoarthritis be to blame?
Yes. Osteoarthritis affects more than 21 million people in the United States alone. It is a degenerative bone disease that causes the cartilage found on healthy joints to break down removing the buffer between bones. This often causes pain during normal daily activities and can eventually cause loss of motion and mal-alignment of the knees.

How can I determine if I am a candidate for the MAKOplasty® procedure?
We suggest you consult with Dr. Hollmann at Florida Orthopaedic Associates, P.A. You can do this by completing our Physician Referral form.

What are the benefits of this new technology?
Experience has shown that the MAKOplasty® procedure allows patients to experience a shorter hospital stay, minimal blood loss, quicker rehabilitation and a smaller scar. In addition, many MAKOplasty® patients are able to return to an active lifestyle within weeks of the procedure.

How long can I expect the implant used in a MAKOplasty® procedure to last?
All implants have a limited life expectancy that depends on several factors including a patient’s weight, activity level, quality of bone stock and compliance with the doctor’s orders. However, alignment and positioning are also are very important factors affecting the life expectancy of an implant. The goal of the MAKOplasty® procedure is to achieve the absolute best alignment and positioning for your implant to help it last as long as possible.

Do you offer non-surgical treatment options?
Yes. Our doctors can help you determine which treatment is best for you.

What types of insurance do you accept?
We accept most types of insurance plans. However, please call us at (386) 943-4833 to inquire about your specific plan.

How do I prepare for surgery?
There are several things you’ll need to do seven days before surgery.

After you are scheduled for surgery, you should receive a call from a member of the pre-registration team. Pre-registration saves waiting time at the hospital. Have your legal name and address, marital status, social security number, employer, emergency contact and insurance information ready. You may also pre-pay your co-payment or deductible at this time.

You’ll also need to have pre-admit testing, such as necessary blood work and other physician-ordered testing, completed. During this testing, staff will initiate paperwork for your admission to the hospital and will tell you what time to arrive to the hospital the day of surgery. Before you arrive for testing:

  • Have nothing to eat or drink after midnight on the day prior to arrival for testing
  • Bring photo ID and your insurance card
  • Be prepared to pay your insurance co-pay at this time
  • Bring copy of Advanced Directives and Living Will, if you have one, as all patients are
  • asked if they have completed them.
  • Bring ALL of your medications in their original bottles with you or a complete
  • medication list (there is one provided near back of this packet)
  • Bring blood bank card with you (if applicable)
  • We do require Medical approval or ‘Clearance’ prior to surgery


 
 
 
 

Florida Hospital DeLand  |  701 West Plymouth Avenue DeLand, FL 32720  |  Phone: (386) 943-4833