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Mako Robotic Arm TKR ONE WEEK

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Dec 8, 2019 | Replies (28)

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@ellerbracke I'm not posting on Mako and nerve ablation (which itself was very painful) to gain bragging rights on doing something faster or better or with less pain, so I am surprised that you proclaim yourself reassured that I had to suffer like everyone else. Knee replacement surgery is evolving and hopefully that evolution will mean less pain for all of us, as well as better and longer-lasting results. It seems that individual differences in pain perception and also uncontrollable things such as surgeon skill are as important as anything. My goal is to keep a record that is public and can be viewed by anyone who will be undergoing this process, so they can evaluate and make good decisions on their own. Instead of going to my local orthopedic center, which swears by Zimmer knees (no robotic arm), I decided to try Mako to see if it would help the ardous recovery process. I will have no way of knowing how different it would have been to go the traditional route, but as @debbraw has posted, she did one knee the traditional way and one with Mako, finding clear better results with Mako.

@dixiedog I have seen those canes, thanks for reminding me! If I need a cane for a long time I'll check them out.

@contentandwell I have some gastro issues and cannot take Ibuprofen or Aleve (naproxen, which like Ibuprofen is also a NSAID). But thanks for the advice.

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@saeternes I guess you and I are both stuck with acetaminophen, unfortunately it’s not much help.

I agree with you 100% that the advances have been able to improve TKRs which is why I would only go with a custom made knee. I may have considered Mako too if I had known about them. Also, foremost, as you say, is having the most skilled surgeon you can find. I settled when I had my first TKR because I was in so much pain 24/7 but thankfully that knee is very good, just not quite as good as my second TKR. The first does have better flex though.

I think it’s great that you are keeping a record, recording everything. I wish I had done that both for my transplant and for my TKRs. I have read that the biggest lie we tell ourselves is that we will remember something. I know it is for me.