Partial Knee Replacement

Robotic Partial & Total Knee Replacement

Robotic Partial & Total Knee Replacement

Dr. Pearle has pioneered the use of robotics for partial & total knee replacement and has performed more MAKOplasty procedures then anyone in the Tri-State area.

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About 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 10 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.

The above video was filmed in 2012.

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.

Dr. Pearle's Recent Publications on Partial Knee Replacement

What Is the Impact of Patellofemoral Joint Degeneration and Malalignment on Patient-Reported Outcomes After Lateral Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty?

Burger J, Dooley M, Kleeblad LJ, Zuiderbaan HA, PEARLE AD

The Bone & Joint Journal. 2020 May.

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Postoperative outcomes of total knee arthroplasty compared to unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: A matched comparison.

Blevins JL, Carroll KM, Burger JA, PEARLE AD, Bostrom MP, Haas SB, Sculco TP, Jerabek SA, Mayman DJ.

Knee. 2020 Jan 31

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Satisfaction with return to sports after unicompartmental knee arthroplasty and what type of sports are patients doing.

Kleeblad LJ, Strickland SM, Nwachukwu BU, Kerkhoffs GMMJ, PEARLE AD.

Knee. 2020 Jan 8

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Mid-term survivorship and patient-reported outcomes of robotic-arm assisted partial knee arthroplasty.

Burger JA, Kleeblad LJ, Laas N, PEARLE AD 

Bone Joint J. 2020 Jan

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The Influence of Preoperative Radiographic Patellofemoral Degenerative Changes and Malalignment on Patellofemoral-Specific Outcome Scores Following Fixed-Bearing Medial Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty.

Burger JA, Kleeblad LJ, Laas N, PEARLE AD.

J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Sep 18

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Midterm Survivorship and Patient Satisfaction of Robotic-Arm-Assisted Medial Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty: A Multicenter Study.

Kleeblad LJ, Borus TA, Coon TM, Dounchis J, Nguyen JT, PEARLE AD.

J Arthroplasty. 2018 Jun

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Survivorship and patient satisfaction of robotic-assisted medial unicompartmental knee arthroplasty at a minimum two-year follow-up.

PEARLE AD, van der List JP, Lee L, Coon TM, Borus TA, Roche MW. 

Knee. 2017 Mar

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The Role of Preoperative Patient Characteristics on Outcomes of Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty: A Meta-Analysis Critique.

van der List JP, Chawla H, Zuiderbaan HA, PEARLE AD

J Arthroplasty. 2016 Nov

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Systematic review of medial versus lateral survivorship in unicompartmental knee arthroplasty.

van der List JP, McDonald LS, PEARLE AD

Knee. 2015 Dec

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