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#1 Jun 29, 2011
Has anyone had this partial knee replacement? Dr. Garber is the only doctor in the state doing this because it is so new and specialized. Only hospital is Poplar Bluff??? I am scheduled for the surgery and am concerned about how effective it is so if anyone has had it or knows anything about it, please post it. Thanks!
#2 Jun 29, 2011
I have seen several patients of dr grabers that have done wonderfully after the makoplasty. It's a quick recovery time post op, less invasive and extremely accurate. He is the only surgeon in a five state radius who has been trained in this procedure and PBRMC is the only facility with the equipment. He is an excellent doctor
#3 Jun 30, 2011
And believe me, I don't dispute any of that. As a matter of fact, I have heard those points many times. I just can't seem to find any actual patients that have had the surgery that voice the same praise. Even Google has very little and most of it is from the manufacturer of the robotic arm, all good of course. Yje vry few, non sponsored, testimonials have not been flattering. A few talk about the pain never going away, having to continue with rooster comb shots, and eventually getting total knee replacement. They are saying it does not work. Even the MAKOplasty website doesn't answwer how long it will last. Says it all depends on the surgeon and how you use your leg. Doesn't say 1 month, 1 year, or anything??? I am honestly kind of scared now that I have tried to find more info about it. Why is PBRMC the only hospital doing it? Why not Barnes or any other hospitals in the bigger citiesa? Just sayin'...
#4 Jun 30, 2011
I don't know why other bigger hospitals aren't doing it. Probably because of the million dollar price tag it came with. It along with the time and effort and cost of training surgeons. It seems as though you already have your answer, to not do it, so don't. Just sayin'...
#5 Sep 11, 2011
Had both medials resurfaced with MakoPlasty in 2011. 6 and 7 months out am seeing pain management doctor to control the pain and getting second opinions. Osteoarthritis does not run in my family. Mine is old football related. Had cat scans, bone scans to check for micro fracturing------nothing explains the pain and it is right in the joint where the replacements are. I'm 47 and very healthy. Even on pain management I limp with pain. Doc shruges and cannot explain it-----maybe it will work itself out but so far MakoPlasty partial knee replacements on both knees have not worked or improved my quality if life. Left knee hurts worse than before surgery and right knee is about the same. I'm pretty tough fella so the pain is real and what I am describing is pain while on pain meds. So for me----no. To date Mako has not work for me.
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