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
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.
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:
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:
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