Precision Matters in Joint Replacement
Thursday, October 29, 2015
MATTHEW T. HUMMEL, MD
Statistics reveal the advantage of MAKOplasty: long-term success. When done with traditional manual surgical techniques, the unicompartmental knee (resurfacing either the inside or outside of the kneecap joint) is a very difficult procedure because of alignment challenges, so failure rates are as high as 20 percent, says Dr. Matthew T. Hummel. Thus, patients who are borderline candidates for either partial or total knee replacement might be advised to have a total knee replacement because of better long-standing results.
The MAKOplasty procedure, however, boasts less than a 1 percent failure rate during the same time frame, notes Dr. Hummel. "With this level of precision, if we can do a smaller surgery and have less than a 1 percent failure rate, it's a no-brainer," he says.
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