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York Hospital with Dr. Akhil Sastry, Dr. William Sutherland and Dr. Tyler Welch of Atlantic Orthopaedics are pleased to offer MAKOplasty Knee Resurfacing and Knee Replacements - an innovative treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. The partial knee resurfacing procedure selectively targets the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis so your surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it. The Mako Total Knee application is a treatment option for adults who suffer from more advanced degenerative joint disease of the knee. During the total knee replacement surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic-arm through bone preparation within the knee joint and positions the implant according to the pre-determined surgical plan. Read more about the hospital's latest achievements in robotic assisted knee surgery!

Talk to your Primary Care Provider or call Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine at (207) 363-3490.



Who Would be a Good Candidate for the MAKOplasty Resurfacing Procedure?

Typically, MAKOplasty Patients Share the Following Characteristics:

  • Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee and/or under the knee cap
  • 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

Benefits of the MAKOplasty Total Knee Replacement and Partial Knee Resurfacing Procedure:

  • Improved surgical outcomes
  • Less implant wear and loosening
  • Joint resurfacing
  • Bone sparing
  • Smaller incision
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Minimal hospitalization
  • Rapid recovery


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. Since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKOplasty partial knee procedures may still be a candidate for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.

A total replacement is sometimes necessary if your MAKOplasty-certified 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 - check with your private health insurers. In some cases it may be performed on an outpatient basis depending on what your MAKOplasty-certified surgeon determines is the right course of treatment for you.

If I Undergo MAKOplasty Resurfacing, What Can I Expect?

MAKOplasty can be performed as either an inpatient procedure or on 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 in the first few weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.

York Hospital Surgery Center
3 Loving Kindness Way
York, Maine 03909
(207) 351-2400

Atlantic Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Henry Warner Medical Office Building
York Hospital Campus
16 Hospital Drive, Suite B
York, Maine 03909
(207) 363- 3490


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