Makoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery that uses robotic-arm technology and based on a patient-specific plan. It is performed commonly on arthritic or diseased hip joints and knee joints. MAKO robotic-arm technology is a procedure designed for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease of the hip as well as the knee.

Makoplasty has several benefits including

  • Less scarring 
  • Minimal hospitalisation
  • Minimally invasive
  • Preserves healthy bone
  • Smaller incision
  • Rapid relief and recovery 


Before the procedure 
Preparing for total hip replacement and partial knee replacement surgery begins weeks before the actual surgery. A CT scan of the joint will be taken and used to generate a 3D virtual model of your anatomy.

Your surgeon may ask you to complete the following in the weeks prior to your surgery.

  • Arrange a post-operative visit
  • Exercise under your doctor’s supervision
  • Fast the night before  
  • Have a general physical examination 
  • Lose weight 
  • Plan for post-operative rehabilitative care
  • Review medications 
  • Stop smoking 

You will be required to change into a hospital gown and the procedure is done under general anesthesia.

During the procedure
You will lie down on a table for the surgery. You surgeon will make a 2-3 inch incision in your knee and will remove the diseased or damaged portion of your knee. The healthy bone and tissue surrounding the diseased and damaged area will remain untouched. A prosthesis made of plastic and metal is then secured in your knee joint and the incision will be cleaned, stitched and bandaged.

After the procedure
You will recover in hospital for a few days after the procedure. You will be prescribed painkillers and will be required to wear compression stockings to reduce swelling and blood clot formation while you recover.
Your surgeon, nurses and physiotherapist will set goals with you to get back on the move. They will closely monitor your condition and progress. Physiotherapy usually starts the following day and you will be encouraged to move your knee and try to walk on it soon after.

Should you feel excessive pain or experience abnormal swelling, contact your doctor immediately or call our 24HR Emergency Clinic (65) 6705 2999.

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