Procedures

Robotic Partial Knee Replacement (MAKOplasty)

Dr. Andrew Pearle has pioneered the use of robotics to treat knee arthritis. He was the first surgeon in NYC to perform Robotic Partial Knee Replacement (MAKOplasty) and now has over 5 years of experience with this technique. He has performed more robotic partial knee replacement procedures than anyone in the greater New York area. Dr. Pearle's innovative techniques were recently featured on NBC Nightly News as well as Fox Good Morning New York.

Robotic knee resurfacing (aka Makoplasty) can be an attractive alternative to total knee replacement in the appropriate patient. This technique, which involves robotic bone contouring of arthritic surfaces and customized resurfacing of the damaged area, represents an improvement over traditional partial (or unicondylar) knee replacement. Without robotic assistance, partial knee replacement can provide excellent and durable pain relief but is technically challenging, and subject to surgeon error. Dr. Pearle's extensive experience, combined with robotic safeguards, provide an unparalleled level of quality control to optimize patient outcomes.

After robotic knee resurfacing, Dr. Pearle expects patients to return to work in 2 weeks. Compared to total knee replacement, robotic partial knee replacement provides more reliable return to sports, a quicker and less painful recovery, a smaller incision, a more natural feeling knee, and, importantly, a lower risk of complications such as infection and stiffness. The following link provides a complete comparison of Robotic Resurfacing vs Total Knee Replacement.

Dr. Pearle feels strongly that patient education is essential for optimal outcome. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions and Risks on the section to the right. An animation depicting the knee resurfacing procedure is shown above.

Dr. Pearle performs all his robotic partial knee replacement procedures at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the #1 ranked orthopedic center in the country. Hospital for Special Surgery has the lowest infection rate and performs more knee surgeries than any other center in the world. With the help of the anesthesia and therapy teams at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Pearle has developed advanced protocols for pain management and rapid rehabilitation to guide you through the procedure. Finally, the nurses at Hospital for Special Surgery have earn the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence and were the first in the State of New York to be re-designated with the Nursing's highest honor. In addition to Dr. Pearle's expertise, this world-class environment enhances the patient experience and outcome.

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