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MAKO Robotic hip and knee surgery

Mako partial knee (resurfacing) and total knee replacement

First in the area with this new technology 

Beginning February 2017, Legacy Meridian Park and Legacy Salmon Creek medical centers are first in the Portland-Vancouver area to offer Mako total knee replacement. 

Innovative technology

Osteoarthritis of the knee and hip are common degenerative joint diseases in which joint cartilage breaks down. When cartilage breaks down and wears away, pain can lead to decreased quality of life.

At Legacy Health, you may have the option of the Mako robotics-assisted technology, performed using a highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic system. Because this procedure is much less invasive than open surgery, you'll experience a shorter hospital stay, faster healing time and a speedy return to your normal active lifestyle. 

In partial knee resurfacing, the surgeon uses a robotic arm to resurface only the diseased portion of the knee joint, sparing your healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.

For more information

Legacy Total Joint Center–Meridian Park

Legacy Total Joint Center–Salmon Creek

Benefits of partial and total knee replacement

  • Mako allows the surgeon to remove less bone and precisely place the implant, resulting in a more natural feeling knee
  • Less implant wear and loosening over time
  • Smaller incision results in less scarring
  • Less pain, faster recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional knee replacement surgery
  • Reduced blood loss

Mako total hip replacement

Total hip replacement is a treatment option for people suffering with either non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease and allows for more surgical precision. Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center was the first hospital in the Portland-Salem-Vancouver area to offer this option.

Mako total hip consists of removing diseased bone in the acetabulum, which is fit with a cup and liner, and replacing the femoral head with new head and stem components.

Benefits of Mako total hip

The robotic-arm technology attains consistent precision in surgery. Benefits may include:

  • Accurate placement of the implant using the surgeon-controlled robotic arm system, which can reduce the likelihood of hip dislocation
  • More consistency in leg length, potentially decreasing the need for a shoe lift
  • Decreased risk of the implant and bone abnormally rubbing together — this may improve the lifetime of the implant 

Total recovery at Legacy Total Joint Centers

After surgery, rehabilitation is an important part of the recovery process. Our Total Joint Centers provide everything you need to get back on your feet faster.


Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center
19300 S.W. 65th Ave.
Tualatin, OR 97062
Phone: 503-692-7391

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
2211 N.E. 139th St.
Vancouver, WA 98686
Phone: 360-487-5341

Our providers

James Ballard, M.D.
Todd Borus, M.D. (trained in Mako total knee)
Casey Cornelius, D.O.
Scott Grewe, M.D. 
Kevin Murphy, M.D.
Christopher Nanson, M.D. (trained in Mako total knee)
Alan Newman, M.D.
Donald Roberts, M.D.
James Schader, M.D. 
Mark Wagner, M.D. (trained in Mako total knee)