What is MAKOplasty®?


MAKOplasty is a robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). Dr. Brian Snow is pleased to offer this minimally invasive procedure to his patients. By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, Dr. Snow can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.  

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing Can:

  • Enable surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee
  • Preserve healthy tissue and bone
  • Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
  • Result in a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement surgery

Unlike other more invasive procedures MAKOplasty can often be performed through a four to six inch incision over your knee with small incisions in both your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin). Additionally the preservation of your own natural bone and tissue along with more ideal patient specific implant positioning may also result in a more natural feeling knee. And since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKOplasty partial knee procedures may still be a candidate for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.

The MAKOplasty procedure is indicated for patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease. A total replacement is sometimes necessary if Dr. Snow discovers during surgery that your knee has more damage than originally seen in the pre-operative X-rays and CT scan.

Dr. Snow will discuss the specific risks associated with MAKOplasty and other treatment options with you. In addition, you will be informed of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions.

As a knee arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty is typically covered by Medicare and other insurance companies – check with your private health insurer. In some cases it may be performed on an outpatient basis depending on what is determined to be the right course of treatment for you.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about MAKOplasty.

Dr. Snow performs MAKOplasty for  patients in many areas across the DFW Metroplex including: Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Richardson, Garland, Sachse, Mesquite, Rockwall, Rowlett, Wylie, Murphy, Parker, Prosper, Celina, Carrollton, The Colony, Irving, Lewisville, Coppell, TX and all other surrounding areas.