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Discussion: Partial Knee Replacement Experience

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Aug. 20, 2014
188 posts
Partial Knee Replacement Experience
My surgeon recommended a Robotic Arm Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing (MAKOplasty). Has anyone used this type of surgery? What was your experience and how long did it take before you were able to play? Any other advice would be appreciated.
Aug. 21, 2014
247 posts
Mike I had it Nov.1 2012 No swelling went home same day. Playing softball full speed in 4 mos. It is called Makoplasty.i went on the Cuba trip with you. If have any questions call me Jack 281-381-9694 . The doctor side was Kolstad he is now working in California. Google robotic knee replacement..
Sept. 5, 2014
Mike Fossil's 60's
Men's 65
7 posts
I had the Makoplasty done Nov. 2012 and rehab started out GREAT but then it stopped and pain was worse than before and was swelling up all the time. Ortho doc said he would never do partial in active person AGAIN - had total knee replaced after worlds Oct. 2013 1 year later. Another player on our team had his partial completly fail week after we got home from Vegas (2013) had total replacement.

If had to do over would have just went ahead the first time and total knee done. Partial was TERRIBLE for 2 of us.

Mike (Fossils 60 Major)
Sept. 5, 2014
17 posts
Looking at stem cell knee injections after the World's. Has anybody had any experience or no somebody that has had this done? I have one friend that just had it last week so the jury is still out with him, but he said it is relatively painless to get it done and was back to work over the weekend. Mike you just need to recharge your jets!
Sept. 6, 2014
Men's 70
85 posts
My orthopedic surgeon told me a year ago my MRI suggested I might be the "poster boy" for partial knee replacement. He sent me to a specialist more experienced in the procedure and the specialist nixed the procedure in my case.

The problem was I had too much arthritis in the remaining two compartments according to the latest MRI. He said the partial would be a waste of time.

The original surgeon explained partials as a less invasive procedure that (WHEN CLEARLY INDICATED) offers less bone and blood loss, possibly less pain, and a shorter rehab---all good things in my book.

In my reading about this condition, I learned some partial knee replacements were done when they clearly were not indicated, thus resulting in poor surgical outcomes.

As a result, my surgeon also said many partials eventually need to be revised, meaning a full knee replacement will eventually be required. Furthermore, the medical data seemed to indicate those patients who had had partials and needed full replacement surgery later, did not do as well as those who had done the full knee replacement in the first place.

For these reasons, I decided to forego the partial and when I'm ready have the full knee replacement done. In the meantime, to coax out another year (maybe 2) of playing, I bought a loader knee brace and make liberal use of ibuprofen, Voltaren gel, and ice packs to get through tournaments.

I consider myself fortunate as my knee gives me considerable pain when playing ball; however, once that subsides (usually within a couple of days after the tournament) I can walk, bike, play golf, and otherwise live a low-pain life. As my friends know, I'm a chicken and am putting this surgery off as long as possible

To be fair, I know of several players who have had excellent results with partial knee's an awesome decision and one you should make with as much information as possible. In the end, only you can decide what is best for you.

Good luck.

Sept. 8, 2014
Men's 65
10 posts
I had partials in both knees in August 2012. I had arthritis only on the medial (inside) compartments of both knees. I've been playing on them now for a year and a half and very happy with the results. Not many people are candidates for partials. But if you are it's a great solution to the pain and swelling. And you get to keep your ACL, which is normally removed with full knee replacement.

You need to consult with a good ortho doc and probably need an MRI to determine if you're a good candidate.

Rob (Bay Supporters 60)
Sept. 9, 2014
Men's 55
22 posts
Robo is correct -- not everyone qualifies for a partial replacement. I had my right knee done in 12/12 and my left knee done 11/13. Second one took alittle longer to get rid of the swelling but now both are good with no pain. Same as Robo i had the Medial done and luckily the other parts of my knee were in good shape and my ACL's in both knees were strong. As mentioned before consult with a good ortho doc that looks at everything before rushing into the operation. Always remember that the rehab is really important, do not rush back to sports or you will slow up the healing process.
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