Selected Patient Reported MAKOplasty Testimonials and MAKOplasty Patient Reviews
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Knee Drain After MAKOplasty
From Youtube “Sound of my knee when walking in as straight line, 1 1/2 years after knee replacement.”
One Patient’s Alleged MAKOplasty Experience
Posted by “ZaniBrani” La Mesa, CA
Help decifering comments on Operation Report - Mar 25, 2012
Thanks in advance to anyone responding to post.
I had a Makoplasty partial knee replacement on December 1, 2011.
I believe the knee is out of alignment and something is wrong with my femur.
My doctor was dismissive of my concerns at my two month, post op appointment. I had another appointment with him, to insist that something is wrong; however, he was killed in an auto accident.
In the mean time, I went back to physical therapy because I wanted their opinion. The therapists opinion is that the knee IS out of alignment, which is causing pain in my knee, the femur, and the sciatic.(My sciatice nerve was pinched during surgery and remains pinched, although, healing very slowly)
I have since seen my doctors partner, and he believes (according to two post-op x-rays) that there may be a piece of loose bone/cement behind the knee, causing the problems.
Neither doctor mentioned that the Makoplasty registration system was bumped while drilling a pilot hole in my femur. I was hoping someone could help me interpret the following in layman’s terms. I don’t know if this is important because I don’t understand what it means.
This is about 1/2 way through the “PROCEDURE” part of the Operative Report.
<<”Subperiosteal dissection was carried out around the proximal antermodial aspect of the tibia to allow for appropriate placement of retractors. The pins for registration were then tamped into position in the femur and the tibia, and the femur was registered, followed by registration of the tibia. The robot was then brought into the field and registered as well.
With appropriate soft tissue retraction, the high-speed bur was utilized to remove bone over the appropriate area of the medial femoral condyle and then medial tibial plateau as well as to drill holes for the pilot holes in both the femoral and tibial components.
In attempting to drill the posterior pilot hole for the femur, the registrations system was bumped a few millimeters. It was therefore elected to utilize the trial template for the placement of the posterior drill hole. This was carried out, and an excellent fit of the trial implant in the femur was obtained. A trial reduction was carried out, and a 3 mm insert was selected. The tourniquet was deflated. Homeostasis was obtained with Bovie electrocautery.
The extremity was then reelevated and reexsanguinated, followed by reinflation of the tourniquet. The cancellous interstices both bones were pule-irrigated and suctioned dry, followed by fixation of both the tibial base plate and then the femoral implants with vacuum-mixed methyl methacrylate. Excessive methyl methacrylate was removed from the margins of the implants, and the knee was filled with warm saline to facilitate setting up the methyl methacrylate.
Subsequent to complete setting up of the methyl methacrylate, the knee was again checked for any loose bony, fibrous, or methyl methacrylate debris. A trial reduction was carried out, and the 3 mm insert was again selected for permanent implantation. This was locked into position.
With the permanent implants in, the patient had full extension of the knee with 140 degrees of flexion limited only by thigh girth. Medial and lateral stability was excellent including mid flexion stability. Overall alignment was excellent. Tracking of the patella was central within the anterior trochlear groove of the femur.
The preserved anterior portion of the infrapatellar fat pad and superficial synovial membrane was closed with interrupted running 0 vicryl”>>
Prognoses was excellent, however, recover has been much less than excellent and quite frankly, dismal. I expected to walking briskly without pain and have full range of motion. Instead I have a swollen leg, a bum knee, a pinched sciatic, and a femur that hurts like hell.
Thanks in advance for anyone interpreting that for me. SOURCE
Posted by ZaniBrani on April 3, 2012
Hi all, thanks in advance to anyone who responds. I’m battling post-op depression.
I had a Makoplasty partial knee replacement four months ago. It appears as though the implant is not aligned correctly and there is loose/excessive cement behind the implant. My doctor has since been killed in an accident. His partner says the problem is the loose/excessive cement and I need an arthroscopic surgery to get it out. He does not admit that implant is not aligned correctly. However, looking at my x-rays one can clearly see it is misaligned.
I got a second opinion and he concurs. The implant is not aligned correctly and there is loose/excessive cement behind the implant. The incorrect alignment keeps me from straightening my knee and the loose/excessive cement behind the knee, keeps me from bending my knee. Of course both cause excruciating pain. My knee is still swollen, and my entire leg from hip to knee is still swollen.
He suggested the implant cannot be repaired because the femur cannot support another set of pilot holes. He said the entire knee will need to be replaced.
I’m so depressed. I expected to be in such a good place four months post-op. Any words of wisdom out there? I don’t know what to do… The thought of having to wrap my head around a total knee replacement is really depressing. I certainly cannot afford this. Four to six weeks without pay and this girl (and her daughter) would be homeless. I just don’t know what to do. What is the average time before driving again, and returning to a desk job after to total?
Re: Newbee / questions / emotional support
Posted August 1, 2012 – MAKO Surgical Facebook Page
Terri George Morris
I had makoplasty April 9; my knee still feels swollen most days but does not really look swollen. I have a bit of a click in my knee as well. Anyone else expereincing this?
Posted April 3, 2012
Hi all, thanks for your replies. What is a “revision specialist”? I’ll have to google that, I’m new to this. My doctor was killed in an accident about 2 months after the surgery, so no matter what, I have to find someone else to fix the knee.
I’ll have a chat w/ my employer in the next couple of weeks. I may be able to do a bit of work from home. I don’t know though. It won’t be enough to cover my rent, bills, living expenses and medical bills from the previous surgery.
This whole thing is just SUCH a mess. How would one go about finding a “revision specialist”. I am seeking a medical malpractice attorney. Not for money, but just to get this fixed at no further cost to me, and to have the physical therapy covered, as well as six weeks off work.
Is six weeks a reasonable amount of time off work for a TKR? I do have a desk job, so maybe four weeks? I don’t even know what to ask for. I’ve never been through anything like this before. Maybe it’s eight weeks off work? I just don’t know….
Re: Newbee / questions / emotional support
Posted August 13, 2012 – Facebook Page – MAKO Surgical Corp.
I had makoplasty done on my left knee, that was 8 months ago. First I was told I developed bursitis under the knee cap, then tendonitis on top. To this day I have a hard time walking. I limp a lt. The past 3 days it has hurt so much, I wish I had some crutches. I had the radioactive dye put in me, It showed nothing wrong with the bones or tissues, so why does it still hurt to walk after all this time? It should have been well months ago accorden to my Doctor.
Posted April 9, 2012
Thank you SO much for your support. I had a tough weekend. Something has moved behind the knee, the pain is excruciating, and I’m back on crutches again. So was nice to read these posts this morning.
Thanks for the advice on taking more time off after the TKR. I’ll do that. My guess is I’ll not only be recovering from the TKR, but they will be removing cement from the back of the knee which (I think) has tangled itself up with muscle, one of my tendons, and my sciatic nerve. So they will need to clean that up as well. So it will probably be a tough recovery, initially. There may be scare tissue forming around the loose cement behind the knee. I don’t know what is going on back there, but MAN it hurts.
Did research on reconstructive surgery. Turns out the doctor who provided my second opinion is a reconstructive surgeon. So that’s a good thing. I have a third opinion lined up in early May. I may try and get a third opinion sooner.
On Friday I got copies of my medical records and the second opinion. The second opinion is pretty damming. An interesting tidbit about my doc’s medical records. I have been in the office three times saying something is wrong with the alignment. In NONE of the notes do the doctors say anything about the alignment. All notes indicate the implant is “stable”, but none of their notes address the alignment.
This week it’s hospital and physical therapy records. So, I’m plugging along.
If anyone has medical malpractice contacts, I live in San Diego.
Disclosure: BioLogic Equity Research is unable to independently verify this report. Information suggests that the MAKOplasty surgery was performed by Jeffrey Marxen, M.D., a MAKOplasty surgeon at Sharp Coronado Hospital who was tragically killed in an accident in February 2012. As of June 23, 2012 Dr. Marxen is still listed on MAKO Surgical’s MAKOplasty Surgeon Locator page.
MAKO Surgical Facebook Page – August 13, 2012
Quote: “I had makoplasty done on my left knee, that was 8 months ago. First I was told I developed bursitis under the knee cap, then tendonitis on top. To this day I have a hard time walking. I limp a lt. The past 3 days it has hurt so much, I wish I had some crutches. I had the radioactive dye put in me, It showed nothing wrong with the bones or tissues, so why does it still hurt to walk after all this time? It should have been well months ago accorden to my Doctor.”
Post-operative Makoplasty Partial knee – PAIN 10-07-2011, 04:59 AM
I had my surgery 9/29 and was d/c’d home on 10/1 with lovenox, pain meds (percocet/oxycontin) and orders for homecare (hasn’t started yet). Staples and bandages are still in.While my range of motion is slowly getting better, my pain is getting worse. As soon as my pain meds wear off my knee begins to throb and burn much worse than when I first got home.
It is not presenting like a DVT…could it be I had residual effects of the epidural block the first few days?
Has anyone else experienced this?
dukejeffries « « on: January 20, 2012, 04:21:13 PM » » From KneeGeeks Forum
I am 44 and I am planning to do patellofemoral doing Makoplasty. My other 2 compartments are perfect. I had a motorcycle accident 22 yrs ago and broke the patella in half and now i’m in stage 4 and need to do something. I have had no other procedures except for a few scopes to clean up the area. Is there anyone here that has had a patellofemoral with Makoplasty? If so happy or not? I live in the Philly area but I am planning to go to NY (Hospital of Special Surgery) to have the procedure. The doctors in my area only do Zimmer mis patellofemoral replacements. There is one guy in my area that does Mako but only the 2 other compartments not the patella, he does Zimmer there. He says he likes the Zimmer unit better for the patella, but he has a vested interest in that specific part with Zimmmer, so I believe he is using that part because he had personal part of the development of the Zimmer patella implant. I just like the ideal of bone sparring, seems to be more accurate instruments and advanced technology and quicker recovery which is huge to me and I know the pain will be the same. But the most important thing to me is obviously the long term success of the procedure and implant. I am so scared and I hope I’m making the right decision to do the Makoplasty. You never seem to get the same answer from different doctors.
dukejeffries « Reply #16 on: March 19, 2012, 11:27:48 AM » From KneeGeeks Forum
I just had my patella femoral replacement via makoplasty on Thursday March 15th. I stayed in the hospital 3 nights. It was supposed to be 2 nights but the pain was so bad I opted for an extra night. I start my home PT tomorrow. I went home today so I have been the most active today since laying in a hospital bed for 3 days. Mornings seem to be the worst so far, most pain and swelling. I am on meds and icing as much as possible. I have the Game Ready Cold Therapy system in which I rented for 21 days for $300 and I also have a cryo cuff with someone loaned me but you can buy on ebay for somewhere around $150. I actually like the cryo cuff better. I also feel weak and useless so this is as much mentally tough as physically tough. Looking towards better days and a smoother working knee. I will keep you updated. I had the procedure done at the hospital for special surgery in NYC by Dr. Pearle. The procedure took 30 minutes without any problems. Day 2 in hospital is the worse, staying ahead of the pain is key. I don’t like pills but I plan to indulge in the pain medication. I’m not the addictive type so I have no concerns weening off of them. I am taking 15 mg of oxy every 4 hours with asprin twice per day and pills for constipation and a stool softener – since oxy constipates you. Ice, elevation, meds, rest, some mild pt for now and my wife soon to kill me for my messed up sleeping patterns now. I may be sent to my own room.
dukejeffries « Reply #17 on: March 19, 2012, 11:33:15 AM» From KneeGeeks Forum
KW you’ll like this. I spoke to the Dr. in Philly that does Mako and he being the doctor told the nurse to tell me that there are no doctors in the US that do Makoplasty as a stand alone patellofemoral replacement. He is such a fraud, he lied to me so many times and I can’t believe he said that, I had 5 other docs. names available that do this and he said it was impossible. Talk about pushing your own product at any expense. The company Mako would not be happy with his remarks.
dukejeffries « « Reply #21 on: March 20, 2012, 05:52:14 AM »» From KneeGeeks Forum
Love the sleep walking stories. I kicked sleeping pills about 2 months ago after 3 yrs on. Timing not optimal but I’m going to try to get through with no sleeping pills and slowly to reduce the pain pills at some point. As of now key to stay ahead of the pain and go at my own slow pace. It’s official my wife kicked me out of the bedroom:) Better that way so she can get sleep to take care of the kids. Lots of swelling going on lots of ice. Hospital for Specialty Surgery is like a 3rd world hospital. I find it hard to believe that they get the #1 rating in the country for a orthopedic hospital. I went there for a specific procedure/ doctor which I was very pleased with bu what a sh*tty hospital nursing staff.
dukejeffries « « Reply #29 on: April 02, 2012, 01:49:12 AM »» From KneeGeeks Forum
Well it has been 2.5 weeks post surgery. Finally the pain is calming down but not the swelling. My range of motion is extremely poor 63 degrees. I got a CPM machine last week, I wish I had this from the beginning. This is much harder than I expected. I started swimming laps this week and just finished my 1st P90X ad work out (modified to what I can do). I’m still on 2 crutches but this week I am going to one. I started walking laps in pool and my quad strength is coming around, just lack of motion. Hopefully no manipulation. The word was mentioned, but I’m going to work my butt off to get this knee to bend.
Case Summary | Patient Review of Makoplasty Results
Quote: “I had a Makoplasty in October of 2009 to insert a prosthesis in my medial compartment. I’m 3 months out and had to have a scope done Jan. 19th, just 4 days ago, because I had locking, pain, and muscle spasms. My doctor found a loose piece of cement in my knee joint, which he removed along with 3 other pieces that were in danger of being dislodged. He also found a bone fragment under my skin, near the top of my patella, that was causing me discomfort whenever rubbed by me wearing jeans. I was unaware of this possibility before the surgery and I wonder how this can occur, since my surgeon is quite experienced with Makoplasty. One would think that this had been perfected, preventing this type of complication, after doing so many. Still, I’m very happy with the results and my knee is doing great now.”
Partial Knee Replacement Forum – Posted July 29, 2012
Chula Vista, CA - Danny L Williams: It has been approximately 5 months (mar 7,2012) since I had the mako plasty partial knee replacement surgery on my right inner knee. Had problems with knee locking out for first 4 weeks. Since subsided. Started playing golf with a cart after 8 weeks thinking I would soon get to that pain free status the brochures rave about. As of July 29 I am still walking with a hitch and the knee has considerable pain after sitting for some time and walking short distances. Still going to therapy twice per week. $80 thousand dollar procedure I expected a bionic knee. Walking worse than before the procedure after 5 months.
Posted October 15, 2012 on MAKO Surgical Facebook Page
Posted by Nancy Fairfield
I’ve had both knees done the right one feels great but the left has been done 3 times and it show on the CT scan that it is coming apart but they tell me its ok, it is stiff and very painfully have a hard time bending it, can’t kneel, or run or sit for long periods of time because it gets stiff and hurts, their are tender spots around the knee…what do I do??????? I can’t stand it anymore/…….
Posted by Chris_Spot14 – October 26, 2012
Jay_thank you–your explaination is simpatico with what I have experienced with makoplasty. the doc says the patella is not tracking as well because of arthritis. I never felt that was it because my pain is not in the knee cap. It is at the top of the leg bone on the enside. I have said all along that something is not aligned quite right in there-but the range is outside of our current ability to pin point it.
Question: during surgery in 2007 the computer assistant to the doctore clearley said-YOU WENT TOO DEEP. The docs way of answering was glib–it wasnt forceful and I could tell the technitian and the doc did not have a good working relationship.
Jay–Can the you went too deep comment have any bearing on the poor outcome I have received from this surgery.
BTW I visited the doc who did the second surgery 2 yers later 3 months ago and he will not write up office notes. what they do now is check boxes and I want the “old fashion” full sentance structure office notes. I think he is distancing himself maybe from complications in the future–like if mako is actionable in the court system.
Also when he went into that 2nd surgery he fount pieces of cement and said this was common as they fall down and can not be retrieved during surgery. He also found that my cartilage in the knee has re-grown–he had never seen so much re-growth- and this was impeding the movement of the knee.
Jay What are your thought and Thanks again for the info
Posted by BWW houston Houston, TX
Posted September 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.
Posted by Tenntrek – Vonore, TN
Posted August 7, 2011 – Glad (I think) that I came across this thread about folks’ having pain after partial knee replacement. I had the Makoplasty (robotic assist) partial knee done on July 11, almost one month ago. Rehab consists of PT 3x weekly, home exercises, stationary bike. Flexion and stability are great – “head of the class” they say at PT. 130 degrees flex.The concern is the pain while walking. As others have noted, this started within the past week or so and hasn’t lessened. A 30 minute walk outside is a real fist-clenching, gut it out experience where I have to concentrate to maintain heel to toe stride and not favor the repaired knee at all. Just taking aspirin a couple of times a day. Swelling has gone down considerably day by day. It’s just the pain around the joint that comes and goes, here and there, but always when I walk. I play tournament softball (or did) and am getting worried about the possibility of a comeback in the future. Update two weeks after last post about post-op pain while walking. Finished rehab. 135 degrees flex. Pain while walking has diminished, thankfully. Pool therapy helped a lot. Hit the stationary bike 2-3x daily for 30 minutes a ride. Seem to be on track for a pain free life.
10-06-2012, 12:55 PM
Re: Post-op Makoplasty Partial knee – PAIN I had knee replacement on 12/14/11 and still have pain & burning. I take Advil and tramadol for pain. I had a knot the size if a baseball on the out side of my knee. My dr sent me to physical therapy for 6 wks then I had cortisone injected 2x. No change. Before this surgery I had 2 others to same knee. I’m 58 yrs old. I had a car accident that broke my kneecap. I’m wondering now if the implant is defective?
Makoplasty, anyone! (6/14/11)
As I have mentioned before on other threads, I really thought this was going to go better than the TKA that I had done last year. Not! I started off well but this past week, I have been in intense pain under my knee at the base of my scar. Burning pain not relieved by Ibuprofen or Celbrex or ice . I fortify it with 1/2 Vicodin and it barely helps. I seem to do worse the day after PT and we have been holding back on what we do. Just balance some resistance and recumbant bike riding. I hurt!! I am so discouraged because I need to go back to work but getting up and down from my desk will be horrid! Are either of you back to work?
Am taking a whole vicodin now with the celebrex. Still in pain and knee stings. Icing whenever I am sitting down. PT wants me to rest my foot on a stool with leg straight out when I ice it. Says I need to get the knee to straighten out. Yesterday I went to a pool and did some deep water exercises and last night it felt pretty good. I cannot walk a long time before I end up in pain. I feel as if I did not do something right this time around with just the partial but as I said before, I do not remember what kind of pain I had last year with the TKA. It’s like forgetting what labor pains were like. LOL I called the OS office on Friday for an appt. because the pain is so bad under my knee and the stinging on the outside of the knee.PT thought it should be checked because of where the pain is under my knee next to the scar. They could not fit me in! Very busy with doctors/PAs out on vacation. I’m running out of Vicodin. I guess I should call my PCP but I don’t know if my insurance company will okay the Vicodin.
I had a Makoplasty 8 weeks ago. My doctor says everything looks great. Some days I feel great and others I still hurt. I’ve been told that is pretty much to be expected for another 8 weeks. I’ve been walking without any aid for at least 4 weeks, and am able to work out fairly strenuously…I am making progress…but I’m not very patient with recovery. I want to be better NOW.
MAKOplasty Review by Patient
Interesting “MAKOplasty testimonial” from a blogger who discusses his MAKOplasty experience which was allegedly performed at Glendale Adventist Medical Center by Philip Merritt. Do your own research and view our disclosure page. I don’t know J.F. Thompson.
My New Knee
I’ve been staying quiet the last two days. Here’s why: After about a month of planning, and considerable discomfort over a longer period, yesterday at 6 a.m. I was admitted into Glendale Adventist Medical Center. At 7 a.m., I underwent surgery for what’s called a Makoplasty, which is a partial knee replacement using robotic equipment.
Surgery took about 45 minutes, my doc told me this morning. It actually went quite well – well enough that when I told him I was coming home today, he said OK to that crazy-assed notion.
Here’s what it looked like just before they kicked me out the door at 1 p.m. today, Tuesday.
You will see that the incision is about four inches long, and that there are small punctures above it and below it. They were made to accommodate cameras and drains, I think probably.
This incision is much shorter than the one this same doc – a wizard named Philip Merritt, hence those initials there to mark the knee he’d be working on – did on my left knee in 2008. That one is a full 12 inches long, the better to accommodate the significant hardware required for a total replacement.
As you might imagine, I’m really pleased to have gotten away with this less stressful procedure. I’m also pleased that the good people at work are being patient with me. I’ll take today and tomorrow off, and work as usual on Thursday. Well, not exactly as usual – I’ll work from home so that I can minimize stress on that new knee, which is a bit stiff and a little sore. Not bad, though; not bad at all. After many years of struggling with both knees, I should be good to go now until I’m too old to care. -JFT SOURCE: The California Files – May 23, 2012
Makoplasty and Me
The newspaper where I’m employed has been carrying an advert from a local hospital touting the advantages of a surgical technique called Makoplasty, which it advertises as being less invasive than traditional surgical methods.
“Come on in for a seminar on this new procedure,” the advert invites.
A comment on this seems in order, since I have recent experience with this procedure.
Makoplasty is orthopedic surgery using robotics. A machine controlled by a physician armed with a computer uses a robotic arm to do whatever it is it’s supposed to do, and supposedly does it with great precision, efficiency and effectiveness.
In my case, the procedure was a partial knee replacement. And in my case, this was done at the hospital that now is running the Makoplasty advert.
Four years ago, I underwent a total knee replacement using the traditional method – the knee is opened with a 12-inch incision and the surgeon goes to work manually. This is not easy stuff, but I worked at recovery and was home in 36 hours and out hiking Scotland’s moors, without discomfort, in four weeks.
Two months ago I had a partial replacement in my remaining knee done by the same surgeon and at the same hospital, but this time using Makoplasty. I was home in about 30 hours. But recovery has been very difficult indeed, with discomfort levels that remain much higher and more prolonged than I experienced in my previous surgery.
What got me thinking about all this, I think, was this business of Makoplasty supposedly being “less invasive.”
Yes, the incision required for this procedure is much smaller than for the older type procedure – 4 inches longitudinally atop the kneecap instead of 12. But Makoplasty also required, at least in my case, a pair of small incisions above and below the knee, four in total. I’m not sure, but I suspect that each pair were for a drain and a camera, two pairs. The traditional surgery did not require these.
As far as I can tell, that’s the big difference – those four small incisions and the shorter major one. Once the knee is open and visible, the surgeon still has to grind away material to resurface the ends of the joint and prepare those ends to accept whatever appliance he’s installing in the knee. What does it matter how this is done? What does it matter if this is done by a robot or by hand and eye? However you slice it, it’s still somebody in there grinding away, filing away, on your bones. There will be consequences of this.
As I’ve noted, my recovery from this procedure has been nowhere nearly as rapid as recovery from the older, supposedly more invasive, procedure. Mind you, I continue to have complete faith in my surgeon, one of the very best in the business. It’s just that knee surgery is tough.
So here’s my take: If you’re pondering knee replacement and your physician says he/she plans to use Makoplasty, be aware. Makoplasty may indeed have its advantages. It may indeed work wonders for some people. I do not think it did that fo rme,. But reduced invasiveness – I mean really, truly, reduced invasiveness – that isn’t one of them. That, I think, is corporate hype.
If I had it to do over again, knowing what I now, I think I’d have lobbied for use of the traditional method for my partial replacement, the method in which a very skilled orthopod like mine does everything by hand. I don’t know if that would have aided my recovery. But I doubt it would have been much worse.
Unofficial MAKOplasty Testimonial and Other Patient-Reported Outcomes
An individual who underwent a MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing procedure at Glendale Adventist Medical Center by a MAKOplasty Surgeon, Dr. Philip Merritt, recently reported his own MAKOplasty testimonial on his blog. The blogger discussed advertisements in his local newspaper for MAKOplasty seminars. The blogger refers to the advertistment “touting” the alleged benefits of MAKOplasty knee replacement surgery relative to other surgical techniques. This same individual blogged about his experience immediately following his MAKOplasty surgery in a post titled My New Knee.
MAKOplasty – “Corporate Hype” Says Patient
This same individual indicated that he had a total knee replacement by the same surgeon at Glendale Adventist Medical Center four years earlier. According to the blogger, his “discomfort” was much higher from his MAKOplasty procedure than his previous total knee replacement and more prolonged.
Model Number 180506
Event Date 10/25/2012
Event Type Injury Patient Outcome Required Intervention
Event Description: Mako received a letter from a pt. He indicated he had a left medial makoplasty partial knee arthroplasty procedure six and a half months ago and was not experiencing good results. He complained of a patellar cyst and “global knee pain, muscular aching, cramping, stiffness, limited flexion and still some heat and swelling of the knee. “.
Manufacturer Narrative: As part of normal complaint f/u, an eval was initiated by mako surgical with regard to this event. The eval is in progress, and no preliminary info is currently available. The pt was contacted by mako surgical corp. To communicate that the investigation is in progress.
Event Date 05/21/2013
Event Type Injury
Event Description: The surgeon had performed a partial knee arthroplasty using mako’s robotic arm interactive orthopedic system (rio) and the restoris multicompartmental knee system (mck). The pt experienced unexplained knee pain post-operatively. X-rays looked great with no apparent translucent lines. The surgeon chose not to perform a scope procedure, but rather to proceed with revision to total knee arthroplasty. No aseptic loosening of the implants was discovered once inside the joint.
Manufacturer Narrative: An eval of the event has been initiated at mako surgical. No preliminary results are currently available.
Event Date 06/18/2013
Event Type Injury Patient Outcome Required Intervention
Event Description: The surgeon had performed a partial knee arthroplasty using mako’s robotic arm interactive orthopedic system (rio) and the restoris multicompartmental knee system (mck) in 2010. Complaint of new knee pain developed, and the surgeon performed a revision to a total knee arthroplasty.
Manufacturer Narrative: The surgeon explained that the tibial component was placed deeply into the bone, a technique that the surgeon has since modified. The surgeon currently places the implant more proudly, and has achieved good results. An augment was required on the medial side of the tibia during the revision to compensate for the deep resection from the original procedure.
MAKOPLASTY UNICOMPARTMENTAL ARTHROPLASTY
Event Date 04/25/2012
Event Type Injury Patient Outcome Required Intervention
Event Description: Bilateral unicompartmental knee replacement ? makoplasty. Problem: poor tracking of knee caps. Surgery was followed by six months of physical therapy. Total knee replacement scheduled right knee (b)(6) and left knee (b)(6).