A Faster Recovery

Patients can experience greater accuracy, minimal scarring and faster recovery from knee and hip replacement surgeries thanks to the MAKO Robotic-Arm Assisted System. Patients that may benefit from the MAKO robotic arm may experience:
  • Pain while standing or walking short distances, climbing up or downstairs or getting in and out of chairs
  • Pain in the knee or hip that had hindered your lifestyle
  • Pain in the knee or hip that you have adapted to as part of getting older
  • Swelling in one or more areas of the knee, knee pain associated with Osteoarthritis (OA)
Reduce your pain. Restore your life with MAKO, only at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Highland. 

How does the MAKO procedure work?

  • MAKOplasty® is an innovative, less invasive new treatment option for people with pain
  • MAKO enables surgeons to accurately target only the diseased portion of the knee or hip, without compromising the healthy bone and tissue surrounding it
  • MAKO facilitates ideal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling joint.
  • Since all three compartments of the knee are replaced in total knee replacement, it is not always optimal for patients with early to mid-stage OA. For these patients MAKO may be the best solution
  • MAKOplasty customizes the procedure for your unique anatomy 

What is Osteoarthritis (OA)?


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a form of arthritis and a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of joint cartilage. Cartiglage is a protein substance that serves as a cushion between the bones of a joint. With OA, the top layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away, allowing bones under the cartilage to rub together. OA is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide.


The benefits of the MAKO procedure:


  • Minimally invasive

  • Ligament preserving

  • Bone and tissue sparing

  • Small incision

  • Shorter hospital stay

  • More rapid recovery and return to an active lifestyle

  • More natural feeling joint post-operatively