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MAKOplasty at DMC


MAKOplasty is a Detroit Medical Center robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, your DMC Orthopaedic surgeon 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, Detroit Medical Center 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 at DMC is indicated for patients suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease. A total replacement is sometimes necessary if your surgeon discovers during surgery that your knee has more damage than originally seen in the pre-operative X-rays and CT scan.

Your physician should discuss the specific risks associated with MAKOplasty and other treatment options with you. In addition, you should be informed of any pre-operative and post-operative instructions by your surgeon or his or her staff.

As a knee arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty is typically covered by Medicare insurers- check with your private health insurers. In some cases it may be performed on an outpatient basis depending on what your surgeon determines is the right course of treatment for you.

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MAKOplasty Education Brochure
Download a MAKOplasty Pre-operative Guide

Our Specialists

Roland Brandt, DO
Philip Schmitt, DO
Eugene Mitchell, DO

Stephen E. Lemos, MD, PhD.
Joseph Finch, D.O.

Upcoming MAKOplasty Educational Programs -- Click here or call 888-DMC-2500 to register:

Monday 4/14 Farmington

Thursday 4/17 Commerce or Madison Heights

Thursday 4/24 Madison Heights

Monday 4/28 Farmington

Wednesday 4/30 Commerce


Tuesday 5/6 Commerce

Thursday 5/15 Commerce

Tuesday 5/20 Commerce

Thursday 5/29 Commerce



Tuesday 6/3 Commerce

Wednesday 6/11 Commerce

Tuesday 6/17 Commerce


Commerce events:

6:30 p.m.

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital

Medical Office Building

1 William Carls Dr.

Commerce Twp., MI 48382


Madison Heights events:

5:30 p.m.

DMC Surgery Hospital

30671 Stephenson Hwy.,

Madison Heights, MI 48071


Farmington events:

6 p.m.

Tim Hortons

33340 W 12 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

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