Ingalls expands robotic assisted surgeries to include partial knee replacements

When Nicole Calmes had a partial knee replacement earlier this year, she knew the drill.

Like her other partial knee replacement five years ago, orthopedic surgeon Daniel Weber, MD* of Integrity Orthopedics performed the surgery, but this time, he became the very first surgeon to use the sophisticated MAKO robotic system at University of Chicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial.

MAKO surgery is a newer approach to joint replacement that offers unparalleled accuracy when placing and aligning a new joint, and that translates to a better-functioning, longer-lasting knee. Other benefits can include less pain, less blood loss during surgery and a shorter hospital stay.

“The biggest advantage of the MAKO system is that it gives surgeons the ability to fine-tune our plans during surgery,” Dr. Weber explains. “This allows for the most precise alignment of the new joint – and the most natural fit and feel for the patient.”

The highly intelligent MAKO system guides the surgeon within a predefined area, preventing movement outside the planned boundaries. Even a millimeter or two of tilt or rotation can dramatically affect the wear patterns and longevity of the components.

It all adds up to better outcomes for the patient. And for Nicole, who stands up to 16 hours a day at her job as a corrections sergeant, that’s music to her ears!

“I work in a prison and wear boots all day on a concrete floor,” the Lockport mother of five says. “It’s hard on the joints.”

“I was able to walk on it the day after surgery with no problems,” she added. “I seem to be healing better this time, and the pain after surgery wasn’t as bad either. I’m really happy with the results so far; Dr. Weber is the best.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from knee pain, call the Ingalls Advanced Orthopedic Institute at 708.915.PAIN (7246) today.

Partial Knee Replacement: Why Replace What Isn't Broken?

Knees don’t wear out evenly. Sometimes one part of the knee is perfectly fine while another part is heavily damaged. Depending on where the damage is in the knee, a partial knee replacement may be the best option to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration that hasn’t yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.

Candidates for MAKOplasty partial knee replacement include patients with arthritis that affects one part of the knee and who experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain while standing, walking or getting in and out of chairs
  • Pain with activity, climbing up or downstairs
  • Joint stiffness after getting out of bed
  • Swelling in one or more areas of the knee
  • A grating sensation or crunching feeling during use

*Dr. Daniel Weber is an independent medical practitioner and is not an employee or agent of Ingalls Memorial Hospital or University of Chicago Medical Center (“UChicago Medicine”).