By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: February 2012
Dr. Ronald S. LaButti, “The Hip and Knee Doc.”
Dr. Ronald LaButti, known as “The Hip and Knee Doc,” is a Tulsa-based orthopedic surgeon who has improved the quality of life for thousands of people in the area, throughout the United States, and abroad. Dr. LaButti is now able to offer a new, innovative technology to his patients, MAKOplasty. MAKOplasty combines the amazing precision of the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System and the Restoris MCK Multi-compartmental Knee System, enabling a new level of precision and confidence using the newest techniques in partial knee and also total hip replacement.
MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing
MAKOplasty is a robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, Dr. LaButti can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing enables Dr. LaButti to precisely resurface only the arthritic portion of the knee, preserve healthy tissue and bone, and facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural feeling knee following surgery. The outcome is a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement surgery.
“Unlike other more invasive procedures, MAKOplasty can often be performed through a four to six inch incision over your knee,” says Dr. LaButti. “Additionally, the preservation of your own natural bone and tissue along with more ideal patient specific implant positioning may also result in a more natural feeling knee. And since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKOplasty partial knee replacement can still have a total knee replacement later in life if necessary.”
Symptoms of OA of the knee include: pain while standing or walking short distances, climbing up or downstairs, or getting in and out of chairs; pain with exercise; start up pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position; joint stiffness after getting out of bed; swelling in one or more areas of the knee; or a grating sensation or crunching feeling in the knee during use.
The MAKOplasty procedure is indicated for patients suffering from unicompartmental or
bicompartmental knee disease. A total knee replacement is sometimes necessary if, during surgery, Dr. LaButti discovers that your knee has more damage than originally seen in the pre-operative X-rays and CT scan.
MAKOplasty Total Hip Arthroplasty
MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) is a procedure known as total hip replacement that is supported by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. This innovative solution was designed for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease. RIO® enables Dr. LaButti to achieve a new level of precision using the latest techniques in total hip replacement, and is designed to restore patient mobility and an active lifestyle.
RIO® robotic arm technology provides Dr. LaButti with a patient-specific 3-D model to pre-plan your hip replacement. During the procedure, tactile, visual, auditory feedback, and real-time data assist him in preparing the hip joint and placing the implants in the desired orientation with more accuracy.
If Dr. LaButti determines that you are a good candidate for the MAKOplasty® procedure, he will schedule a CT scan of your hip one or two weeks prior to your surgery date. This is used to create your unique surgical plan for optimal implant placement.
“MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement may facilitate optimal implant placement, enhance stability and mobility, and restore an active lifestyle,” says Dr. LaButti. “If your symptoms aren’t responding to non-surgical solutions, or your pain can no longer be controlled by medication, you may be a candidate for MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty.”
Dr. LaButti shares a few symptoms candidates may be currently experiencing: pain while putting weight on the affected hip; limping; pain in the groin with putting on shoes and socks or getting in and out of a car; pain in the groin that may radiate down the thigh to the knee; or hip pain or stiffness during walking or other impact activities.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.