Mako TKR in one month; had stem cell, PRP
I have my left knee replacement scheduled at the end of November. I have had knee issues for years, finally got stem cell treatment in 2017, along with PRP. It worked very well, and my knee had only mild pain, could do anything. Then, walking fast in the dark, I smashed down over a jut in the sidewalk right onto my knees. That was last March. Since then, nothing but problems. On a work trip to Hong Kong my knee swelled up and hurt so much that I had to be put in a wheel chair at the airport. Really awful. It calmed down and I made it through two more trips with the help of compression hose and additional PRP. Then with only one trip left, I had another acute incident, but it cleared and I made it through my final trip. Just recently had another incident, but it has resolved as well. This usually happens when I am lying in bed and suddenly something catches in my knee. Very painful, can’t move at all. Anyway, long story short, I had hoped the stem cell treatment would come back to life, but given that it is not an easy treatment itself (much better than TRK, of course), and one must self-pay, I decided not to try again. My Mako surgery is coming up (I am doing this outside my city because although we have a good ortho center, they do not do Mako) and I have read everyone’s stories with great interest, especially that of Debbra who had a tradtiional TKR in 2017 and Mako in 2019. I watched a video of Dr. Kae’s surgery (search for “Dr. Kay’s story, social media diary” on YouTube) and was impressed by his rapid recovery. Of course not everyone can do that. I am working out hard when I can on weights and bike. So, if others have experience with Mako TKR (not partial) and are willing to discuss their experience in detail–hospital, pain, walking, devices (canes, etc), therapy, sleeping, feel of knee), I would be very grateful. Thank you.