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MAKO Surgical Corp. Message Board

  • laker9029 laker9029 Dec 18, 2012 10:57 AM Flag

    Zimmer MIS VS MakoPlasty

    Anyone know of a top-notch Mako surgeon in Ohio?? ... someone who had done lots of procedures successfully --- at a major medical center???

    I sought out a MakoPlasty certified doc for my knee surgery and found a very qualified surgeon in Columbus, Oh. However, he favors the Zimmer MIS (minimally invasive surgery) -- (modified and does not totally spare the quad ).... and a total knee replacement vs the Mako procedure ---- the Zimmer procedure looks very good to me, but lacks the robotic precision and also, in this case, does not totally spare the quad. He is also big on the Birmingham hip procedure. So, I am wondering if there are any strong advocates of MakoPlasty in Ohio..... I can't find any. The Toledo area, where I live seems backward in the area of orthopedics, so I will probably go to Columbus or elsewhere.

    As a Mako investor, I obviously would like to think that Mako is becoming the standard for knee replacement, but have not yet seen that in my personal experience.

    Knowledgeable input would be greatly appreciated.



    Sentiment: Hold

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    • this guy laker is not being honest.I believe he is full of #$%$

    • may i add that doctor pearle is a new york mets doctor and most people are out of the hospital in 3 or less days. I had the procedure and after time your like 100 percent but i must say one thing do not run.

    • Laker,

      I remain very skeptical of your posts and the genuineness of your updates on the "agony" you are facing in your decision-making. If you are consulting with a qualified orthopedic surgeon, I would think he would have made you aware of the following study presented in 2009 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - you can't get more credible than this.

      What is your goal here, and why are you working so hard to keep your posting current/ on top? if you are really having knee replacement and are genuine about making the right decision, I apologize for my comments.

      New Concerns About Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement

      By Jonathan Cluett, M.D., February 28, 2009

      Knee replacement surgery is a treatment usually used for severe knee arthritis. A knee replacement uses a metal and plastic implant to replace the worn-out cartilage of the knee joint.
      Traditionally, a knee replacement surgery is performed through an incision over the front of the knee that measures about 6-10 inches long. Recently, there has been interest in developing surgical procedure that are "less invasive." A less invasive, or minimally invasive, procedure is intended to accomplish the same goals as a traditional surgery, with less incision, less dissection, and less scar formation. The hope is that minimally invasive surgery will decrease side-effects, minimize pain, and speed recovery.
      A study presented at this week's meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has reported the rate of failure of a minimally invasive knee replacement is higher than with a traditional knee replacement. This is the primary concern of those opposed to minimally invasive knee replacement surgery--by not exposing the knee joint as well, the implants are not being properly placed, and therefore more likely to wear out quickly.

    • Re several replies:

      Based on my recent experience, I don't view Mako as an alternative to TKR right now, my concern, from the standpoint of our investment in Mako is that is that the new minimally invasive approaches may present an alternative to partial replacements. Minimally invasive TKR spares muscles and tendons and uses a much smaller incision than traditional "open TKR", thus the term minimally invasive....my expectation is 1-2 days in the hospital, walking on the new joint the day of surgery and careful resumption most day to day activity in 2 weeks with complete resumption of activity in six weeks.

      After I go through this, I will make a decision on MakoPlasty vs TKR on the other knee. The doc. thinks TKR is better, from a longevity standpoint and because he can get better alignment and weight distribution, so I'll report back later.



      Sentiment: Hold

    • Kusuma at Grant does a lot of MAKOPlastys

    • look at Ohio State Medical Center. Dr. Beal

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • Bro, we dumb Mako investors. Don't know nothing about anything. Maybe go to the Zimmer msg board for more better advice.

      PS - hope you don't limp too bad after getting Zimmer... good luck, bra, and let us know how it turns out. Hopefully, we all still be here when you get out of surgery

      • 1 Reply to clearstone72
      • I am the "Dumb MAKO investor" --- my losses on my investment at this point are substantial but I am continuing to hold because I believe in this company. I want nothing more than to have MAKO be a huge success. I am only offering my experience as someone who not only has invested in MAKO, but who actually has sought out a MAKO surgeon and looked at the issue of knee replacement in real life. I sincerely hope you never have the need to go through the pain and surgical trauma that goes with knee surgery. Apparently there are no doctors or MAKO patients on the board, no problem...

        I will not bother sharing my experiences wither with the Zimmer surgery or the MakoPlasty, which I plan to have as well.


    • Ohio State - OSU has one.

      • 1 Reply to me_kamal
      • Yes, I have looked at the Mako site and reviewed the credentials of all the OSU docs.... I also read their ad and had originally planned to go to OSU. but they are relatively new as Mako surgeons. Also, for some reason, OSU is does not take my Anthem PPO,

        I was hoping to get some information from someone who had experience either as a delighted patient or from a Mako provider.

        Currently, I am going to Grant....my current surgeon says that I will be "delighted" by the Zimmer result and I will forget about Mako for the other knee (which needs done too and qualifies for a partial).

        Also, I was really impressed by the Zimmer option and wondered if Mako was going to be displaced by progress from the traditional providers. IN theory, the Zimer procedure is truly minimally invasive and offers all the post-op benefits of Mako.



        Sentiment: Hold

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