MAKOplasty® Frequently Asked Questions
What is MAKO?
MAKO is an advanced robotic-assisted surgical system that provides an unparalleled
level of precision. With its smaller incisions, patients often experience
less pain, and recover faster than with traditional surgeries.
Can anyone have MAKO surgery?
MAKOplasty knee arthroplasty is designed for patients with early to mid-stage
osteoarthritis of the knee, involving one or two components of the knee.
How long does it take to recovery from MAKO surgery?
Many patients experience significantly shorter recovery times with MAKO
over traditional surgical techniques. Your specific recovery time will
vary depending on age, type of procedure, and other factors.
How can I learn more about robotic-assisted surgery?
How do I know if robotic surgery is right for me?
Every patient’s situation and condition is unique. Consult a qualified
orthopedic surgeon to find out if robotic-assisted surgery is right for you.
How do I find a surgeon?
physicians search page, in this web site, where you will find several highly experienced surgeons
qualified and trained to perform robotic-assisted surgery.
Is robotic-assisted surgery more expensive?
Robotic-assisted surgery is typically no more expensive than traditional
surgery, and, depending on the specific procedure being performed, it
can be far less costly
Will my insurance cover robotic-assisted surgery?
MAKOplasty knee arthroplasty is typically covered by most Medicare-approved
and private health insurers.
Does robotic-assisted surgery have a higher success rate than traditional
No surgical technique can guarantee a successful outcome. However, indications
are that patients having undergone robotic-assisted surgeries report a
greater percentage of successful outcomes over traditional surgeries.
How can the surgeon work with my current doctor?
Your physician will consult with any surgeon before you undergo surgery.
That is also the case with robotic-assisted surgery. With increasing positive
results and improved patient outcomes, your physician is probably very
aware of robot-assisted surgery and its benefits.
Can all surgeries be done with MAKO technology, or only some?
The MAKO surgical technology was primarily developed for the resurfacing
joints of the knee and hip. Other orthopedic applications will likely
be developed in the future. Please also consult your physician for more