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Getting on Medicare August 1. Going to schedule knee replacement for October.
I'm 64. Doing my right knee first. Have a highly re commended surgeon in Denver picked out.
I am bone on bone mostly just on medials. His technique is to make incision on medial side vs. straight down kneecap. Then will determine during surgery whether to do partial or total. Does this sound right?
Also wondering about robotic assist surgery vs. no robotics.
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Welcome to BoneSmart, glad you joined us!
His technique is to make incision on medial side vs. straight down kneecap. Then will determine during surgery whether to do partial or total. Does this sound right?
Sounds right, they have to see the knees cartilage and check for any arthritis in the other compartments before doing a partial. X-rays often do not show mild arthritic changes.

Also wondering about robotic assist surgery vs. no robotics.
The skill of your surgeon is the most important consideration, you want a surgeon who does a 100 to 250+ TKR's/PKR's a year.

New BoneSmart members like you are in various stages of their journey to joint replacement. Making the decision whether or not to have surgery and preparing for surgery can be easier once you have done your research and know what lies ahead. Here are some tools that can help you decide what is best for you.

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?
Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis
BMI Calculator - What to do if your surgeon says you're too heavy for joint replacement surgery
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.

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Stories of amazing knee recoveries
 

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I am bone on bone mostly just on medials. His technique is to make incision on medial side vs. straight down kneecap. Then will determine during surgery whether to do partial or total. Does this sound right?
Yes, that sounds right. If there is any sign at all of arthritis, no matter how small, in the other compartments of your knee, a total should be done. Many partials fail too early because arthritis has spread to other knee compartments.
 

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