MAKOplasty Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is MAKOplasty® covered by health insurance providers?

A: As a knee arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty® is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers.

Q: How long has the MAKOplasty® procedure been available?

A: MAKO’s robotic arm technology was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005. The first MAKOplasty® procedure was performed in June of 2006 and more than 3,900 MAKOplasty® procedures were performed as of June 2010.

Q: Does the robotic arm system actually perform the surgery?

A: No, MAKOplasty® is performed by an orthopedic surgeon, who uses the surgeon-interactive RIO® System, a robotic arm system designed to pre-plan and assist the surgeon in making accurate, patient- specific cuts with consistently reproducible precision. The robotic arm does not perform the surgery nor can it make decisions on its own or move in any way without the surgeon guiding it. During surgery, the RIO® provides the surgeon with real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing and implant positioning. It is this optimal placement that can result in more natural knee motion following surgery.

Q: What is the difference between MAKOplasty® and traditional knee surgery?

A: Unlike total knee replacement, MAKOplasty® provides the precision of RIO® and the contouring design of RESTORIS® implants that targets the patient-specific diseased area. MAKOplasty® preserves healthy bone, soft tissues and ligaments which allows for an overall less invasive procedure, quicker recovery, shorter hospital stay and more natural knee function in most cases.