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Now At Saint Anne’s Hospital: Makoplasty®

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By Saint Anne's Hospital

Makoplasty® Offers Early, Effective Treatment Of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  But if you’re looking for relief of early to mid-stage OA of the knee, there’s a new treatment option that’s a less invasive and more natural-feeling alternative to traditional knee replacement surgery.  It’s called MAKOplasty®.

Using A Robotic Arm To Repair Human Knee

MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for adults living with OA in the inside, top or outside portions of the knee.  It works by precisely resurfacing just the affected compartment of the knee, or it also can be used to repair two (inner and top) areas at the same time. 

Specially trained surgeons use an innovative Robotic Interactive Orthopedic (RIO®) system to perform MAKOplasty.  During the procedure, this state-of-the-art system creates a three-dimensional, live-action, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and matches the image to a pre-programmed surgical plan.  The robotic arm lets the surgeon prepare only the bone in the diseased areas.  This results in highly individualized, precise positioning and placement of the implant, helping the knee to move smoothly again.

Earlier Treatment, More Rapid Relief with MAKOplasty

MAKOplasty offers OA patients several important advantages over other knee replacement procedures.  It allows for treatment of OA at an earlier stage.  The surgical incision is smaller as compared to total knee replacement.  Hospitalization after MAKOplasty is shorter, and recovery and rehabilitation are quicker.  And it promotes rapid relief from pain and a return to daily activities.  In fact, many patients are allowed to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks, and enjoy normal daily activities shortly thereafter. 

The first hospital and only hospital in Massachusetts to offer MAKOplasty, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River joins the nation’s two highest-ranked hospitals for joint replacement surgery, the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, as well as 78 other hospitals nationwide, in providing this state-of-the-art knee surgery alternative.  More than 7,100 MAKOplasty procedures have been performed since 2006. 

To Learn More

Coming in August: Free events where you can learn about MAKOplasty, talk to specially trained surgeons, and even make an appointment for a personal consultation.  Pre-register by calling 1-855-GO2-MAKO (855-462-6256) or visit

- Friday, August 12-Saturday, August 13: Falmouth Road Race Expo, Falmouth High School, 874 Gifford St., Falmouth, MA.  Friday, August 12, 10am – 8pm, and Saturday, August 13, 10am - 6pm.  No reservations required.

- Thursday, August 18: Century House, 107 South Main Street, Acushnet, MA. 6-8pm.

- Tuesday, August 23: International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. 6-8pm.

There is no charge for these programs, but to ensure seating for the August 18 and 23 events, advance registration is requested by calling 1-855-GO2-MAKO (855-462-6256).  Information also is available at


Saint Anne's Hospital

Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the largest community-based accountable care organization and community hospital network in New England.


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