Patient Stories

David J. Novak, MD

Diane was tired of sitting on the sidelines. Years of knee issues had resulted in painful bone-on-bone arthritis andleft her unable to participate in all the activities she loved – hiking with her family, keeping up with her twin daughters, playing with her many nieces and nephews. "It was so bad, I could barely get up off the couch," she says. The 44-year-oldtried everything she could to avoid surgery, including physical therapy and cortisone injections. But when conservative management failed, she knew she would need a knee replacement.OrthoVirginia surgeon David Novak, MD, suggested she try something new: MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing. "It changed my life," she says.

MAKOplasty is a robotic arm-assisted procedure that targets only the diseased portion of the knee, while sparing healthy bone and ligaments. This minimally invasive approach, coupled with a patient-specific surgical plan and more accurate implant placement, results in a more natural feeling knee. For carefully selected patients, it offers a host of benefits including very small incisions, less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery.

Before her procedure, Diane had a CT scan taken of her knee. The system created a 3-D anatomical model that helped Dr. Novak plan the placement and alignment of her implant. Once surgery was underway, he used the robotic arm to facilitate optimal implant positioning.

After her procedure, Diane's knee pain was gone. She was up and walking almost immediately and began physical therapy within 24 hours to regain range of motion. She returned home the next day. Now, she says, she's a new woman. "I went from pain with every step to an active, pain-free lifestyle. I'm amazed at the difference and I can't believe how quickly I recovered. I haven't felt like this in 15 years."