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MAKOplasty

Matt Gavin, MD -  - Orthopedics

Matt Gavin, MD

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Leesburg, VA

Knee pain from osteoarthritis and bone degeneration can be debilitating and negatively affect your quality of life. Skilled orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician Matt Gavin, MD, is a certified provider of MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement at his practice in Leesburg, Virginia. If chronic knee pain is limiting your ability to move, sleep, or otherwise enjoy life, call Dr. Gavin’s office to schedule an appointment today.

MAKOplasty Q & A

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What is MAKOplasty?

Dr. Gavin is certified to perform MAKOplasty, a method of partial knee replacement surgery in which he uses robotic technology to perform a less invasive procedure than traditional open knee surgery. This procedure is FDA-approved and highly successful at relieving knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.

The process begins with a CT scan of your knee, which Dr. Gavin then uses to create a 3D digital model of your unique joint structure. He loads this digital model into the MAKO system software and uses it to design your customized preoperative plan.

During surgery, Dr. Gavin uses the MAKO robotic technology to guide his movements based on the information in your preoperative plan. The MAKO system helps him stay within the planned boundaries of the surgical procedure.

Who is a good candidate for MAKOplasty?

Dr. Gavin may suggest partial knee replacement with MAKOplasty if you have early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis in parts of your knee and it isn’t responding to other treatments or therapies.

Signs and symptoms that you may require partial knee replacement include:

  • Pain, swelling, and stiffness in your knee
  • Having at least one or more non-arthritic areas of your knee (otherwise you may need a total knee replacement)
  • Inability to perform daily activities such as walking and climbing stairs
  • Pain that doesn’t improve with other treatment options

What are the benefits of MAKOplasty?

MAKOplasty has several advantages over total knee replacement surgery, such as:

  • More precise placement of implants
  • Shorter recovery time and hospital stay
  • Less bleeding
  • Minimal scarring
  • Ability to resume normal activities within a few weeks

What should I expect during a MAKOplasty procedure?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Gavin performs a comprehensive exam, including a thorough review of your medical records. He evaluates various aspects of your knee joint, including structural alignment, range of motion, and stability, to determine if you’re a good candidate for MAKOplasty.

If he thinks MAKOplasty is the best option to relieve your knee pain, Dr. Gavin orders CT scans of your knee as the first step. Once he creates a 3D model, Dr. Gavin designs a customized knee implant to fit your joint.

The surgery itself requires a small incision and relatively short recovery time. You should be able to resume normal activities one to four weeks after your MAKOplasty procedure.

If knee pain from osteoarthritis is interfering with your daily life, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gavin today.

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