Saint Francis first in Memphis to offer MAKOPLASTY® 


Minimally invasive procedure for early to mid-stage osteoarthritis may provide quicker recovery and more natural feeling knee post-surgery

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is now offering MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing, a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.  MAKOplasty® is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery and is performed using RIO®, a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system. Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is first in Memphis to acquire this technology.

MAKOplasty® potentially offers the following benefits as compared to total knee surgery:

- Reduced pain.
- Minimal hospitalization.
- More rapid recovery.
- Less implant wear and loosening.
- Smaller scar.
- Better motion and a more natural feeling knee.

“MAKOplasty® allows us to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis at earlier stages and with greater precision.  Because it is less invasive and preserves more of the patient’s natural knee, the goal is for patients to have relief from their pain, gain back their knee motion, and return to their daily activities,” said David Archer, CEO. 

Through its innovative use of technology, MAKOplasty® takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision. 

The RIO® system enables the surgeon to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s own knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan.  As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, auditory and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for real time adjustments and more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.

The opportunity for early intervention is important as osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

For more information or to register for a free seminar, call 901-765-1849.