Southeastern Orthopedics- Lumberton NC

SRMC first in the region to perform makoplasty partial knee resurfacing

Minimally- invasive procedure for early to mid-stage osteoarthritis may provide quicker recovery and more natural feeling knee post-surgery.

Lumberton, NC – Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) announced today that Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Riyaz Jinnah performed MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing for the first time at the hospital on Monday,Sept. 30.


The minimally-invasive treatment option is for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.  MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery and is performed using a highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system, known as RIO®.  SRMC is the first to acquire this technology in the region.






MAKOplasty potentially offers the following benefits as compared to total knee surgery:

  • Reduced pain.
  • Minimal hospitalization.
  • More rapid recovery.
  • Less implant wear and loosening.
  • Smaller scar.
  • Better motion and a more natural feeling knee.

“MAKOplasty allows us to treat patients with knee osteoarthritis at earlier stages and with greater precision.  Because it is less invasive and preserves more of the patient’s natural knee, the goal is for patients to have relief from their pain, gain back their knee motion, and return to their daily activities,” said Dr. Jinnah, who recently joined Southeastern Orthopedics in Lumberton.

Through its innovative use of technology, MAKOplasty takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision.

The RIO® system enables the surgeon to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s own knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan.  As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, auditory and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for real time adjustments and more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.


“Precision is key in planning and performing partial knee surgeries,” said Dr. Jinnah. “For a good outcome you need to align and position the implants just right.  Precision in surgery, and in the pre-operative planning process, is what this technology can deliver, for each individual patient.”

The opportunity for early intervention is important as OA is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

For more information about MAKOplasty surgery or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jinnah, contact Southeastern Orthopedics at (910) 738-1065.

About Southeastern Health

Southeastern Health, a non-profit organization, is a comprehensive health care system which offers a wide array of health care services through its affiliated divisions. The organization is accredited by The Joint Commission and includes Southeastern Regional Medical Center, a Magnet facility. The medical center is licensed for 452 beds and offers a combination of acute care, intensive care and psychiatric services to more than 16,000 inpatients and 76,000 emergency patients annually.



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