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I found out about MakoPlasty through an ad in the Tulsa World for a seminar at Oklahoma Surgical Hospital. Everything was just as they presented. Less pain and quicker recovery. I feel better than I have in years. I waited for so long- I could have fixed this years ago. I was getting to where I could hardly walk. I love to play golf and walking the course on uneven ground was just too hard. I haven’t played golf in 2-3 years and I am ready. I have gotten my mobility back. A friend had total knee replacement a month before me and I am so far ahead of him. It was easier than I ever thought it would be.

- Joseph (6 weeks post op)

Before I had MakoPlasty surgery on my knee, work was a chore. I was in constant pain and being on my feet was really hard. It has been a little over a month since my surgery and I am almost 100% back to my activities. It is not as invasive as what you think. I am so much further along than I would be with a total replacement and you can resume daily activities sooner. My physical therapist was even amazed at how quickly I recovered.

I went to another orthopedic office first and they wanted to do a scope. They weren’t very friendly and tried to rush me into surgery. I talked to my primary care and they recommended I see Dr. Nonweiler at Central States. The total personal care here was so much better than the other office. I am so glad they caught it soon enough that I could have MakoPlasty.

- Bonita (5 weeks post op)

MakoPlasty changed my life! I am moving better and doing things I haven’t been able to do in years. I had my first knee done in August and my other knee done in October. My knees were so bad before the surgery that I often lost my balance and was falling every week or so- I was bordering on immobile. My balance is much better now and I don’t fall. I have gotten 15 years of my life back. Everything was just like the doctor told me or better!

- Larry

I had my surgery 1 week ago Wednesday and I couldn’t be more happy. I have really good flexibility and I am walking without crutches or a cane. Several doctors have told me I was a candidate for partial knee replacement so I thought MakoPlasty was a wise choice-why wouldn’t you do it? I just don’t see a downside. The pain of the bone on bone arthritic condition is gone. The most important thing is to be committed to the rehab.

- Ron

I had been to another orthopedic in Tulsa who recommended a total knee replacement, then I heard Dr. Nonweiler was doing something different. I made an appointment with him and he said I qualified for MakoPlasty. My experience has been very positive and successful. The day after my MakoPlasty surgery I was on a walker, then a cane for a few weeks and now I am walking without a limp or any pain medicine! I recommend MakoPlasty to anyone considering knee replacement.

- Janie

I came home on Friday after only one night in the hospital. Home health came to my house on Monday and they were amazed at how well I was doing. I tell everybody about my knee surgery and how great it was! If I had to have the other knee done, I wouldn’t have any fear because it just wasn’t bad.

- Bonnie

MakoPlasty is a simple process compared to a total knee. It’s not easy, but much easier! I went from being crippled to having a new life. They did the operation and I went home the next day. I used a walker for a week and after a month he told me I could do pretty much what I wanted to!

- Bill

It’s been a little over 5 months since the MakoPlasty surgery on my right knee and it’s now free of pain for the first time in years and I now have over 135 degree of movement in that knee. I’m able to get out and be more active than I’d been in years and I’ve managed to lose 25 pounds in those 5 months. I was so happy with the results that I had the same surgery done on my left knee 3 weeks ago. For the first time in over 30 years, my legs are straight and I can touch my knees together. I’ve talked with people who were laid up for months after conventional knee replacement surgery but with the MakoPlasty procedure, I was walking with the help of a walker the day after surgery and switched to a cane just 3 days later. This surgery way exceeded my expectations. Now, three weeks post-surgery, I only carry the cane as insurance and don’t need to lean on it anymore. I regularly walk the 200yd round trip to our mailbox and spent almost two hours wandering around Bass Pro Shop yesterday. I’m an outdoor photographer and love trail riding on a bicycle. Having my knees work right again is like getting my life back.

- David

Are you living with knee pain? MAKOplasty® may be the right treatment option for you.

Understanding 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. Currently, 12 million adults in the United States suffer with painful osteoarthritis of the knee, often resulting in compromised quality of life.

What is OA?

OA is a form of arthritis and a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of joint cartilage. Cartilage 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.

What causes OA of the knee?

Although the cause of OA is unknown, the risk of developing symptomatic OA is influenced by multiple factors such as age, gender and inherited traits that affect the shape and stability of your joints. Other factors can include:
  • a previous knee injury
  • repetitive strain on the knee
  • impoper joint alignment
  • being overweight
  • Exercise or sports related stress on the knee joint

What are the symptoms of OA of the knee?

  • pain while standing or walking short distances, climbing up or down stairs, or getting in and out of chairs
  • Pain with activity
  • Start up pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
  • Joint stiffness after getting out of bed
  • Swelling in one or more areas of the knee
  • grating sensation or crunching feeling in the knee during use

How is OA treated?

Whether your OA is mild or severe, your physician will most likely recommend certain lifestyle changes to reduce stress on your knee joints. Additional disease and pain management strategies may include: physical therapy, steroid injections, over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or topical pain relieving creams. Please speak with your physician if your symptoms aren't responding to non-surgical solutions, or your pain can no longer be controlled by medication. You could be a candidate for surgery. The most common surgical knee intervention performed for OA is a total knee replacement. During this procedure, the natural joint is removed and replaced with an artificial implant. This treatment option is usually offered to patients with advanced osteoarthritis of the knee. Total knee replacement is not always optimal for patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis in just one or two compartments of the knee. For patients with partial OA of the knee, MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing may be the more appropriate solution.

How MAKOplasty® can help

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for adults living with early to midstage OA in the medial (inner), patellofemoral (top), or lateral (outer) compartments of the knee. It is powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, an enabling implant design which allows for consistently reproducible precision in performing partial knee resurfacing. During the procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient's healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again. MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing can:
  • 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 knee replacement surgery
  • Be performed on an outpatient basis
  • Promote a rapid relief from pain and return to daily activities
As a knee arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty® is typically covered by Medicare insurers- check with your private health insurers.

How may MAKOplasty® benefit me?

The MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing procedure is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration and potentially offers the following benefits:
  • Improved surgical outcomes
  • Less implant wear and loosening
  • Joint resurfacing
  • Bone sparing
  • Smaller incision
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Minimal hospitalization
  • Rapid recovery

How does MAKOplasty® work?

The RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System features three dimensional pre-surgical planning. During surgery, the RIO provides the surgeon with real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing and implant positioning. It is this optimal placement that can result in more natural knee motion following surgery.

Who would be a good candidate for the MAKOplasty® procedure?

Typically, MAKOplasty® patients share the following characteristics:
  • Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee and/or under the knee cap, or the outer knee
  • Start up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication

If I undergo MAKOplasty® what can I expect?

MAKOplasty® can be performed as either an inpatient procedure or an outpatient basis depending on what your orthopedic surgeon determines is right for you. Hospital stays average anywhere from one to three days, ambulatory patients return home the same day. In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal activities shortly thereafter.

What is the lifespan of a MAKOplasty® implant?

All implants have a life expectancy that depends on several factors including the patients weight, activity level, quality of bone stock and compliance with their physician's orders. Proper implant alignment and precise positioning during surgery are also very important factors that can improve the life expectancy of an implant. Through the use of RIO, implants can be optimally aligned and positioned to ensure the longest benefit. RESTORIS MCK implants enable the treatment of one or two compartments with OA disease. With single compartment disease, a second compartment may be treated in the future if OA spreads. In addition, because very little bone is actually removed during a MAKOplasty® procedure, the implants can be replaced with another procedure such as a total knee replacement, if necessary. We, at Central States Orthopedics, would be happy to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians to see if MAKOplasty® is the right option for you. Please call 918-481-2767 to schedule an appointment. Our physicians offering MAKOplasty® are Dr. Clio Robertson, Dr. David Nonweiler, Dr. Bryan Hawkins, Dr. Jeffrey Morris and Dr. Ronald LaButti.


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