frequently asked questions and answers about
MAKOplasty®. Please call us at (386)
943-4833 if you need additional
What is the
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®
Although the best treatment for each patient
must be determined individually, typical
MAKOplasty® patients share the following
- Pain while standing or walking short
- Knee swelling
- Knee locking or giving out during
- No improvement after trying non-surgical
treatments such as rest, weight loss,
physical therapy or non-steroidal,
If I have these
symptoms, could osteoarthritis be to
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
How can I determine
if I am a candidate for the MAKOplasty®
We suggest you consult with Dr. Hollmann at
Florida Orthopaedic Associates, P.A. You can
do this by completing our Physician Referral
What are the
benefits of this new
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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- We do require Medical approval
or ‘Clearance’ prior to