If you are an avid runner, tennis player, skier, or participate in any other physically demanding hobby to stay healthy and fit, you may experience knee pain. This can develop into a chronic problem that can prevent you from enjoying your active lifestyle. Or you may have a chronic condition that has caused damage to your knee, and you struggle with mobility and completing daily activities without pain. Finding an experienced orthopedic surgeon who can help you with treatment options is the first step to living pain-free!
Dr. Chris Mellano, board-certified in orthopedic surgery, is now offering surgical services with the latest cutting-edge tool, Mako SmartRobotics. He has spent much of his career working with some of the most prestigious surgeons in the field, including Dr. Joel Matta, who is renowned for his innovative work in orthopedic surgery. The staff at Mellano Orthopedics are all highly skilled and passionate about helping you get back to your best self with Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Replacement in Torrance.
Your knee has three parts– the medial (inner) part, the lateral (outside) and the kneecap. Different conditions, such as osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and avascular necrosis, among others, can cause damage in one or all of these areas of your knee, inhibiting your ability to walk, run, and move. At our office in Torrance Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Replacement can replace the affected joints with prosthetic parts to help you gain mobility back.
Dr. Mellano is proud to now offer the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Replacement surgeries using a Mako robotic arm-assisted device to personalize your surgery. This cutting-edge tool uses 3D modeling from detailed CT images to help the surgeon see a detailed look at the specific damage to your knee. This is used to make a more accurate assessment and helps determine the optimal size and placement of the implant. During the procedure, the robotic arm is expertly and precisely maneuvered to remove only the bone and tissue that is damaged, and then the implant is placed specifically to your anatomy.
Partial knee replacements are ideal for those who have only one damaged area of their knee. This keeps more of the tissue and bone intact and typically offers a faster recovery time. The Mako robotic arm-assisted technology helps create a personalized surgical plan and implant specified to your anatomy.
When patients have damage to more than one area of their knee, a total knee replacement can be necessary for treatment. With its advanced technology, Mako helps Dr. Mellano see your exact anatomy in a 3D rendering, giving him a specialized approach to repairing your knee. Because of this, the prosthetic will be tailored to your exact needs. This helps provide better outcomes with results you love.
Knee pain can prevent you from carrying out daily tasks and enjoying your favorite activities. Knee pain can be a product of localized injury or certain conditions, such as traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, or avascular necrosis. With the innovative technology that Mako SmartRobotics provides, you can get back to an active lifestyle without knee pain after your Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Replacement.
Most people who require partial or total knee replacement surgery can benefit from having Mako technology assist with their treatment. Discussing all medical history and goals for treatment will help us assess if this is the right procedure for you.
You will be admitted to the hospital for your surgery. Your procedure will be performed under general anesthesia and typically takes approximately 45 minutes or 3 hours, depending on if you are getting a partial knee replacement or total knee replacement. After a short time in the recovery room, you will be moved to the orthopedic area for the remainder of your stay.
You should expect to stay in the hospital for about 24-48 hours. For your easiest, least stressful, and most successful recovery, we will provide you with a detailed rehabilitation plan, including follow-up and physical therapy appointments. After Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Replacement Torrance patients will also be given clear aftercare instructions that will advise you on how to best care for your incision, pain management, mobility, and any other measures that can help you heal fully and quickly.
Dr. Mellano understands that the foundation of any successful knee replacement surgery is a precise diagnosis. In addition to a comprehensive exam of your knee, he will assess your medical history and treatment goals to determine the best course of action for your unique case. Once all pre-operative tests have been completed, we will help you schedule your surgery.
Dr. Mellano has spent extensive time training with some of the best orthopedic surgeons in the field. His dedication to helping people repair their bodies has helped create a team of experts who are passionate about working with you to get back to living the life you love, without pain.
Are you ready to discuss your options for treatment of your knee pain? Call us now at 310-546-3461 to schedule a personalized consultation.
Many people have received surgical treatment with Mako technology and have been highly satisfied with the results and faster recovery time.
As with any surgery, you can expect some discomfort and pain following it. We will provide everything you need for your most comfortable recovery, including pain management instructions and a prescription for pain relievers, if needed.
There are always some risks associated with anesthesia and surgery, so it is important to disclose all medical history for an optimally safe procedure.
Individual results vary, but typically, successful results can be enjoyed for up to 15-20 years, or even longer.
Because the technology helps keep the incision more accurate, it is smaller and topical treatments can help it fade over time.
After surgery, you will still be under the effects of anesthesia, so you will need someone to drive you home.
The cost of surgery will depend on your insurance benefits and the extent of your treatment. Our financial coordinator will be happy to discuss all payment options.
Most insurance providers will provide partial coverage for your surgery.
Dr. Mellano’s mission is to give his Torrance patients the freedom to keep doing the activities they love. If you are struggling with joint pain, arthritis, lack of mobility, or joint inflammation, contact Dr. Mellano for a consultation so he can help you get moving again.