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Tom, a hardworking man from Chillicothe, Ohio, has always been an active guy. But when severe knee pain made his custodial job difficult and kept him from his hobbies of gardening, carpentry and camping, he knew it was finally time to do something about it.

One morning as he was having coffee and reading the newspaper, Tom learned about a new, minimally invasive orthopaedic procedure called MAKOplasty®, which is ideal for people like Tom who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. From what he read, it sounded promising. To find out if he was a candidate for the surgery, Tom scheduled an appointment with the orthopaedic surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where Dr. Andrew Glassman has more experience than anyone in Ohio performing MAKOplasty partial knee replacement.

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"I’d been putting up with the pain for three or four years."

This was not Tom's first experience with knee surgery. Years before, he had both of his knees scoped two separate times, a procedure that repairs osteoarthritis damage by inserting a small, thin arthroscope into the knee joint. This time, Tom was hoping for a more permanent solution for his recurring knee pain. A less invasive surgical treatment option than total knee replacement, MAKOplasty is unique because it damages less bone and promotes faster healing than the traditional approach.

After X-rays and a detailed physical exam, Tom was told he was a good candidate for MAKOplasty, because he had early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that had damaged only the inside compartment of his knee.

While other hospitals recommended a full knee replacement, Tom decided that the less invasive route was the way he wanted to go.


"I wish I would have had the partial knee replacement done sooner."

One week later, Tom had MAKOplasty partial knee replacement surgery on his right knee. During the procedure, a highly precise robotic arm was used to carefully resurface only the diseased portion of Tom's knee, sparing his healthy bone and surrounding tissue. Then the surgeon attached an implant that enabled Tom's knee joint to move smoothly and painlessly again.

Tom gave Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center permission to share his surgery through live-tweets and video coverage online. He wanted to help the hospital educate patients and referring physicians about this innovative new treatment option.

One of the biggest benefits of partial knee replacement is that it promotes faster healing than a full knee replacement. This allowed Tom to be up walking around the hospital the morning after his surgery and enabled him to leave the hospital after only two days.

He's Active & Pain-free Again

"Ohio State gave me back a normal life."

Tom is very pleased with his partial knee replacement and recommends it to anyone who's a candidate. In fact, Tom's surgery, physical therapy and recovery went so well, he plans to have his left knee done in the near future. These days, he's back to work and experiencing no pain in his resurfaced right knee. He's also back to enjoying the activities that knee pain once kept him from doing, such as gardening, camping, woodworking, car maintenance, and spending time with his eight grandchildren.

MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement (sometimes called resurfacing) is an innovative treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) that has not progressed to all three compartments of the knee.

Typical MAKOplasty patients share the following characteristics:

  • Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee, under the kneecap or isolated in the outer knee
  • Start-up knee pain, usually in the inner knee and/or under the kneecap
  • Failure to respond to nonsurgical treatments or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication

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The MAKOplasty partial knee replacement procedure is designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration and can offer the following benefits:

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

Our surgeons will evaluate you and determine if you are a candidate for MAKOplasty robotic-arm partial knee replacement surgery. Our team of experts has experience with all types of adult reconstruction and joint replacement, so even if MAKOplasty is not right for you, we can determine and perform the procedure that is right for you.

For more information, please call 614-293-5123.

Ohio State Expertise

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center was the first to perform MAKOplasty® robotic-arm partial knee replacement in Ohio and our talented orthopaedic surgeons have more experience than anyone else in the state at performing this less invasive option to a traditional full knee replacement.

Our skilled surgeons also have expertise in the full complement of adult reconstructive services. We will carefully evaluate your knee and your unique situation. If you are not a candidate for MAKOplasty, we will find the best surgical or non-surgical option for you.

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center is one of "America's Best Hospitals" and has been for 22 years according to U.S.News & World Report. Our orthopaedics program has also been consistently ranked among the best in the country by this publication. The Medical Center was also recently ranked among the ten best hospitals in the nation for quality care by University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC).

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