Mako vs traditional TKR for skinny legs


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Sep 9, 2023
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I 'm a fit 71 year old male who has skinny legs and knees. My thin male friends seem to have a harder recovery than the women who have more beefy legs, both with traditional surgery. Might Mako assisted surgery be more accurate for us? Anyone have any experience or know about the differences for people with different body types?
Welcome to BoneSmart, @MT814.

I'm sorry that I don't have an answer to your question about body type -- and that's definitely something you should discuss with your surgeon. In fact, BoneSmart recommends you choose the surgeon -- not the approach:
Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis

Have you been told you need a TKR? I will share BoneSmart's pre-operative guide here. I'm sure you will find many of these articles helpful as you consider surgery.

Knee Pre-Op Guide
If you are at the stage where you have joint pain but don't know for sure if you are ready to have surgery, these links may help:
Score Chart: How bad is my arthritic knee?
Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?

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?

Regardless of where you are in the process, the website and app My Knee Guide can help you stay organized and informed. The free service keeps all the information pertaining to your surgery and recovery in one place on your smartphone. It is intended to be a personal support tool for the entire process.

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

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.

So feel free to ask any questions you have about this surgery and recovery; our members will be happy to share their experiences with you.

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