Mercy Health Physician Only Orthopaedic Surgeon in Cincinnati to Offer MAKOplasty Partial Knee Replacement

(CINCINNATI; January 28, 2014) – You’re an active adult who’s enjoyed sports and fitness activities for years when suddenly, debilitating knee pain brings your lifestyle to a halt. After ruling out other causes, you learn that you need a knee replacement. Is a full knee replacement your only option?

Mercy Health, which provides compassionate quality care in your neighborhood through its network of care, announces that Mercy Health Physician Frank Noyes, MD, a nationally recognized knee expert and orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, is the only surgeon in Cincinnati performing MAKOplasty.

MAKOplasty, also known as partial knee replacement, is a precise, robotic-assisted knee resurfacing procedure that relieves pain caused by joint degeneration while sparing healthy bone and ligaments. Mercy Health is the only health provider locally with the MAKOplasty robot, which is located centrally at The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health.

As more and more adults embrace active and healthy lifestyles and as surgical procedures have improved, the number of knee replacements in the United States has risen steadily, while the average age of knee replacement patients has declined.

“Good total knee replacements last 20 to 30 years,” says Dr. Noyes. “MAKOplasty is an alternative, partial knee replacement procedure that can have tremendous benefits for right patients, especially active adults in their 40s and 50s, who, without MAKOplasty, might face reduced knee function and a second total knee replacement as they age.”

Debilitating knee damage can occur in any or all of the knee’s three compartments – the knee cap, medial compartment (inside of the knee) or lateral compartment (outside of the knee) – due to eroding meniscus or cartilage. Patients with damage in one compartment may want to consider if MAKOplasty is right for them.

“Thirty years ago, if you wore out your knee cap and a cartilage patch didn’t work, a total knee replacement was your only option” says Dr. Noyes. “Today, that same patient or one who’s worn out the meniscus on one side of his or her knee joint is a good candidate for a partial knee replacement that can extend knee function through later life.”

During the MAKOplasty procedure, Dr. Noyes replaces the damaged knee area with a plate, in much the same way that a crown takes the place of a bad tooth, while retaining the knee’s own undamaged bone and ligaments. Thanks to assistance from a surgical robot, the procedure is accurate to within a tenth of a millimeter, which decreases the potential for looseness, alignment issues and the need for surgical revision.

“Another advantage of a partial knee replacement is that the knee feels more normal and the patient may likely be able to return to enjoying recreational sport,” adds Dr. Noyes.

To find out more about Dr. Noyes and MAKOplasty or to make an appointment with Dr. Noyes, please call 513-794-8471.

Returning every patient to normal function as quickly, compassionately and safely as possible is the goal of Mercy Health – Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Mercy Health Physicians, as well as physicians, physical therapists, trainers and locations of Mercy Health - Cincinnati SportsMedicine & Orthopaedic Center (CSMOC) and a partnership with Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine make up Mercy Health’s orthopaedic and sports medicine team. Together, they provide comprehensive orthopaedic care for the foot and ankle, hand, wrist and elbow, hip, joint replacement, knee, shoulder, neck and back and sports-related concussion.