MAKOplasty Knee 

Tired of living with constant knee pain due to osteoarthritis? Then you may be a candidate for MAKOplasty, a new minimally invasive procedure available at the first and most experienced MAKOplasty Center of Excellence, Sierra Medical Center.

MAKOplasty® is an innovative procedure that allows surgeons to partially resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee while preserving healthy bone and tissue, relieving pain, and restoring range of motion, resulting in speedier recovery and shorter hospital stays.
Osteoarthritis impacts 27 million American adults and increases rapidly beginning at age 45, affecting people just as they reach the prime of their lives…but Osteoarthritis doesn’t to debilitate you (emphasis on this word).

With over 300 surgeries completed, Sierra Medical Center is a leader in orthopedic technology and our attention to patient care is second to none. Our MAKOplasty Center of Excellence is designed to provide individualized care to all patients. From a nurse navigator who walks patients from beginning to end through the surgical procedure, to convenient reserved parking, Sierra Medical Center ensures patients are the number one priority.

If you’re tired of living with constant knee pain, contact the Sierra Medical Center MAKOplasty Center of Excellence to find out how we can help you get back to living pain-free. Call 915 577-SPHN to register for a free seminar, or visit for more information. New Advances. New Technology. A New Standard of Care.
Disclaimer: In every case your physician must guide you on all aspects of your surgery, including pre-and post- operative care. Individual results may vary.

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What is MAKOplasty®?

MAKOplasty® is a robotic arm-assisted surgical procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. At Sierra Medical Center, MAKOplasty® is currently being used to treat the damaged part of the knee, while sparing the surrounding healthy bone and ligaments. This procedure is referred to as partial knee resurfacing.

MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing: 

  • Allows surgeons to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee
  • Preserves healthy tissue and bone
  • Relieves pain and restores range of motion
  • Produces a more natural-feeling knee motion following surgery
  • Results in a speedier recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement surgery

Unlike other surgical 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). During the procedure, the affected portion of the knee is resurfaced. This spares healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

Take a look at these results comparing MAKOplasty® to traditional knee replacement surgery.


Traditional Knee Surgery versus MAKOplasty®


Traditional Knee Replacement*


Average Hospital Stay

3 – 7 days

1 – 3 days

Average Recovery Period

6 – 8 weeks

Approximately 2 weeks

Average Incision Length

8 – 10 inches

2 – 3 inches

Surgical Summary

Total knee replacement
(damaged and healthy bone/tissues)

Resurfacing of damaged
bone/tissues only

*American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of joint cartilage. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a cushion between the bones of a joint. With osteoarthritis, the top layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away, causing the bones under the cartilage to rub together.

Although the root cause of osteoarthritis is unknown, the risk of developing it is influenced by multiple factors such as age, gender and inherited traits that can affect the shape and stability of your joints. Other factors can include a previous knee injury, repetitive strain on the knee, improper joint alignment, being overweight and exercise-related stress placed on the knee joints.

 How does MAKOplasty® work?

The RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System is a three-dimensional system. During surgery, the RIO provides the surgeon with real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing and implant positioning. This level of precision can result in a more natural knee motion following surgery.

If I have MAKOPlasty®, 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. Inpatient hospital stays average anywhere from one to three

In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal activities shortly thereafter.

What is the lifespan of a MAKOplasty®, implant?

The lifespan of an implant depends on several factors including your weight, activity level, bone strength and compliance with your physician’s orders. Using robotic surgery helps to ensure optimal alignment and position. This results in a longer lifespan for the implant, as well as decreased pain and a shorter recovery time.

The implants allow your physician to treat one or two of the three knee compartments that can potentially be affected by osteoarthritis. Because very little bone is actually removed during a MAKOplasty®, procedure, the implants can be replaced in the future with another procedure, such as a total knee replacement, should that become necessary.

Is MAKOplasty® covered by insurance?

MAKOplasty is a knee arthroplasty procedure that is typically covered by all Medicare approved health plans. Private insurance plans vary, so check with yours to confirm coverage.  Both your surgeon and the hospital will verify your insurance coverage and applicable co-pays and/or deductibles before scheduling your surgery.  Ask your Sierra Providence Health Network scheduling coordinator about our Easy-Pay plan offering convenient payment arrangements for your hospitalization deductible and/or co-pay amount.

Find out more by calling (915) 577- SPHN  


Sierra Providence Health Network | 1625 Medical Center Drive, El Paso, TX 79902 | 915-577-7746

Providence Memorial Hospital | 2001 N. Oregon St., El Paso, TX 79902 | (915) 577-6011

Sierra Medical Center | 1625 Medical Center Drive, El Paso, TX 79902 | (915) 747-4000

Sierra Providence East Medical Center | 3280 Joe Battle Blvd., El Paso, TX 79938 | (915) 832-2000

Providence Children's Hospital | 2001 N. Oregon St., El Paso, TX 79902 | (915) 577-6011