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Mako TKR in one month; had stem cell, PRP

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Nov 1, 2019 | Replies (19)

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Mako is robotic arm assisted surgery. It is supposed to result in fewer complications, faster recovery, better fit, and less pain.Gracie, PRP is Platelet Rich Plasma, they extract blood, spin it, and re-inject the plasma. Supposed to help with healing. My surgery is in a month. JK, I'm sure you would have known if it had been Mako, they make you first do a C-scan of your knee to produce a 3D model, and the robot bases its calculations on that. If the surgeon is as much as 2 mill. off, the robotic arm will not let him or her cut. Would love to hear from anyone who has gone through it. If you could post something about the person you know who had Mako surgery and how the recovery went, that would be great. Thanks for responding!

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@saeternes I did have a scan, but some googling has made me believe it was only because I had a Conformis knee replacement, and Conformis is made to mimic your natural knee in size, etc., not be an "off the shelf" knee. Because it is custom made the Conformis knee does give a better, quicker recovery and from what I have seen, greater satisfaction.
My googling also led to this site, a description of Conformis vs Makoplasty with descriptions of both. It is from an orthopedic group's but it describes the two different methods. I am sure it is biased because this group does the Conformis knee. I think either is a great improvement over traditional TKRs.
https://www.orthopedicsnh.com/blogs/conformis-vs-makoplasty-total-knee-replacement/
As I said above, I am very happy with my Conformis knee, and a woman I know from my water aerobics class had Mako and she had great results with that. I think one of the most important things is to get a very highly regarded orthopedic surgeon in whom you have confidence. A less than great surgeon can result in poor results even using Conformis or Mako.
JK