West Idaho Orthopedic Surgeon Performs New Knee Replacement Technique
Boise, Idaho - May 2012 - A novel surgical procedure uses robotic arms and sophisticated computer-assisted imagery to build better knees for patients with osteoarthritis.
MAKOplasty relies on the RIO® Robotic Arm for its precision. During the procedure, the surgeon pilots the arm to remove damaged tissue to make room for a precisely fitted orthopedic implant. The replacement knee or hip parts fit seamlessly into the space created for them because of the robotic arm's precision in defining the area for the implant.
The robotic arm is integral to MAKOplasty, but it still requires a skilled surgeon to direct it. Dr. George A. Nicola, an orthopedic surgeon at West Idaho Orthopedics, is one of few doctors in the Northwest certified to perform MAKOplasty knee replacement and resurfacing. Dr. Nicola's 28 years of experience as an orthopedic specialist and sports medicine physician also guide him through these procedures.
What distinguishes MAKOplasty from conventional knee surgery is the amount of healthy tissue it spares. A knee that retains more of its healthy bone feels more natural in motion. The robotic arm is designed to move well in small spaces, so the incision that MAKOplasty requires is shorter than that needed for traditional surgical techniques. A smaller incision and less disruption of healthy tissue mean that patients undergo a less invasive surgery. MAKOplasty reduces blood loss and shortens recovery time, making it a viable option for patients whose health might not permit a total knee replacement or who need to return to full mobility quickly.
Depending on the extent of the procedure, some MAKOplasties can even take place on an outpatient basis, potentially easing the strain on patients' budgets as well as their knees. Medicare and other insurers often cover MAKOplasty, although patients should check with their insurance providers to verify coverage.
West Idaho Orthopedics
206 E. Elm Street
Caldwell, Idaho 83605
For more information about knee resurfacing, contact Dr. Nicola or one of his associates please visit http://www.westidahoorthopedics.com/