Allen is a patient of mine, and a poster child for Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted knee replacement. He’s a 66-year-old software engineer who suffered from pain, stiffness, and weakness in both knees from advanced arthritis. He had difficulty engaging in leisure activities or even walking around his workplace.
Allen relied on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and other conservative therapies, while searching for a long-term solution; possibly a surgical option. In the end, he decided to see me, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement who is certified in Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted joint replacement.
Allen had his first knee replaced and, 3-months later, the second using Mako. He credits the same-day surgery and robotic approach for his ability to accelerate his rehabilitation and return to normal activities — such as returning to the gym in only 11-days.
“I have a big life,” Allen said, “and I wanted to feel better faster.”
Allen used the lower extremity functional score (LEFS) to indicate his functional levels. Before surgery he was 45% disabled. 1-month after the Mako knee replacement, he was 33% disabled. Today, 7-months later, he is 10% disabled — or 90% functional as we like to see it.
If you have knee issues, and are interested in speaking with a physician who has access to leading edge technology, contact me now.