Difference between Robot-Assisted TKR and Conventional?

Posted by Debbra, Volunteer Mentor @debbraw, Sun, Feb 3 3:40pm

In April 2017 I had a right total knee replacement (TKR) performed by Dr. Ortiguera @ Mayo Jacksonville. I was pleased beyond belief at the results. On 1/29/19 (last Tuesday) I had a left TKR, again performed by Dr. Ortiguera. This time, he used the robot-assisted technique. Prior to the surgery, Dr. O talked to me about his expectation that the greater degree of accuracy and precision might result in a quicker recovery and less pain. I had high expectations for this surgery and so far I am astounded! Before surgery I had 3 degrees extension/130 flexion. I had 3 PT visits in the hospital. On the last one before discharge, I had 5 degrees extension/110 flexion. I still need my RX pain meds, but the first night home, I slept 6 full hours before the pain woke me up. And, on my first in home PT visit, I was walking so well with the walker that the physical therapist let me try the cane, I was strong enough to go back and forth across the LR with just a cane. I am SO pleased with the results I'm seeing. (At this point, my only complaint is that I'm still having a bit of nausea and brain fog from the meds!) Has anyone else had this kind of experience with the robot-assisted TKR? If so, I'm wondering how your PT was different and also how long you stayed in PT after the surgery?

@debbraw. I know a woman who had a robot assisted TKR and she too had excellent results. Can that be done with any replacement knee? I had not heard of it when I had my TKR in October 2017, but I have had great results with new knee.
JK

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@contentandwell

@debbraw. I know a woman who had a robot assisted TKR and she too had excellent results. Can that be done with any replacement knee? I had not heard of it when I had my TKR in October 2017, but I have had great results with new knee.
JK

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Hi @contentandwell – Glad you've had great results too. My doctor has been doing the robot assisted surgery for partial knee replacements since 2010; however, he just started doing full TKRs in May 2017 (I had my right knee replaced about a month before he started this.) So I think at this point it can be done with any knee replacement.

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@debbraw

Hi @contentandwell – Glad you've had great results too. My doctor has been doing the robot assisted surgery for partial knee replacements since 2010; however, he just started doing full TKRs in May 2017 (I had my right knee replaced about a month before he started this.) So I think at this point it can be done with any knee replacement.

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@debbraw Thanks Debbra. Hopefully, the two knees now have will continue to function and I will not need another one but it is good to know when I hear of other people who might need to have a knee replacement.
JK

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