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I am scheduled to have tkr oct.7, 2020. I elected to have the robotic method, I was told it’s easier on a person than the earlier methods. Has anyone on here had this method, if so can you advise me what to expect? Thanks in advance
 

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My TKR was done via Mako 3 weeks ago. Nothing to compare it to as it was my first surgery. I think I have a smaller scar than some I have seen -it’s 5” long. The only part of the process that I didn’t know about ahead of time was the tourniquet they put on your thigh which caused a bit of bruising. I don’t think that’s a Mako thing tho. Best wishes to you. Happy to try and answer any questions you have.
 

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Hello @tc5025 - and :welome:

Mako robotic surgeries are quite common nowadays. They are good, but the most important factor for a successful result is the skill of your surgeon. The robotic help can't turn a mediocre surgeon into a skilled surgeon, unfortunately.

Hopefully, you have chosen a skilled surgeon, with a good track record of success using the Mako robotic procedure.

Which knee is being done, by the way?

The Mako procedure does seem to give people an easier time in the immediate post-operative period, but complete recovery still takes a full year, no matter what method is used. Of course, you'll be able to do most things long before that year is up, but there will still be healing going on beneath the surface.

Here are some articles to help you prepare for your surgery:

If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:
Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced knee, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:
Stories of amazing knee recoveries
 
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Thanks so much for all the replies... it’s my right knee which is bone on bone,.
I just hope after having the surgery that it doesn’t put to much stress on my other knee.
 

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Here's an advance copy of our recovery guidelines, too.

Knee Recovery: The Guidelines
1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you​
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​

4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these

5. Try to follow this

6. Access to these pages on the website

The Recovery articles:
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
Energy drain for TKRs
Elevation is the key
Ice to control pain and swelling
Heel slides and how to do them properly
Chart representation of TKR recovery
Healing: how long does it take?
Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

There are also some cautionary articles here
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

While members may create as many threads as they like in the majority of BoneSmart’s forums, we ask that each member have only One Recovery Thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
 

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