South County Hospital

Knee Resurfacing with MAKOplasty®

401 788-1700  To learn more about SCH Orthopedics Center
401 789-1422  To schedule a consultation with a MAKO-certified surgeon

South County Hospital was the first hospital in Rhode Island and New England to offer MAKOplasty for knee resurfacing surgery. Most experienced MAKOplasty surgeons in Rhode Island.

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Westerly Runner Hits the Pavement
After MAKOplasty Knee Resurfacing
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Receives Robot Assisted Knee Surgery
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Robotics Teacher Knee Refurfacing

Advantages of MAKOplasty knee resurfacing*:

If you suffer from knee pain that's affecting your quality of life or you've been told you need a total knee replacement, it's worth your time to investigate MAKOplasty.

  • Small incision
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • More “natural feeling” knee following surgery
  • More rapid recovery means a you faster return to daily activities
  • Spares healthy bone (allowing a patient  to keep up to 72-percent more bone than with a “total knee” replacement procedure) and surrounding tissue.
  • Improves mobility and pain relief, since the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are not severed during knee resurfacing
  • Requires minimal hospitalization and recuperation

*Compared to traditional knee replacement surgery

How MAKOplasty works

The highly developed MAKOplasty technology behind the robotic arm (called RIO®) works in tandem with an interactive 3-D virtual patient-specific visualization system. Using a CT scan of the patient’s knee, the system provides the surgeon with a pre-surgical plan for bone preparation and customized knee implant positioning. During the procedure, the computer generates a three-dimensional live-action, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates that image to the pre-programmed surgical plan. As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, acoustic and visual feedback limits bone preparation to the diseased areas only and provides pinpoint accuracy for optimal implant positioning and placement for each patient.

Clinical Data Proves Benefits of MAKOplasty Knee Replacement

Recently released clinical research data confirms what many orthopedic surgeons recognized early on: MAKO offers significant improvement in patient outcome for total hip replacement and for knee resurfacing because of the technology. These improved outcomes result from superior implant positioning, which directly affects patient mobility, implant longevity, and patient satisfaction. The studies compared MAKO with “manual” procedures at a number of highly-regarded U.S. hospitals, performed by some of the most respected orthopedic surgeons in the country. 

Other studies conducted conclude:

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