Your Knees Are In Good Hands

Robotic arm-assisted joint replacement is more precise with better outcomes.

In the 46 years that Cynthia Logan has worked in real estate, she’s never seen the housing market catch fire the way it did in Southwest Florida in 2021. On several occasions, she says, homes sold literally within a couple of days of being listed.

That’s one reason why, at age 76, Cynthia is still out there selling.

“I just can’t quit,” she says. “We’ve listed some houses and then sold them a couple of days later for $60,000 over what we listed them for. It blows me away how hot this market is. It’s really incredible.”

Just two weeks after undergoing Mako robotic-arm-assisted knee replacement surgery, Cynthia was walking pain-free and without assistance.

Just two weeks after undergoing Mako robotic arm-assisted knee replacement surgery, Cynthia was walking pain-free and without assistance.

 

What’s even more incredible is that for more than five years, Cynthia has kept pace with the ever-warming real estate market while nursing what can only be described as a bum left knee.

Riddled with arthritis, Cynthia’s left knee could not be straightened and was bowed to the point of looking deformed. But thanks largely to the work of Nicholas J. Connors, MD, of Advanced Orthopedic Center, she managed to trudge on.

“I’ve even fallen a couple of times because of this knee, but Dr. Connors has done a great job nursing it along,” Cynthia confirms. “When I first started seeing him he gave me cortisone shots, then we went to a gel, but all along he told me there was a better option.

“He never pushed me on it. It was always a suggestion that this other option, a total knee replacement, was out there. I just wasn’t ready for that.”

A few months ago, things changed.

“I like to do things at a fast pace. However, my knee was really slowing me down. I usually walk from my office to the title company after I complete a sale because it’s less than a block away, but that walk became really draining for me. I was just exhausted.

“One day, a woman I work with saw me struggling to walk to my car. After that, she wouldn’t let me walk to my car alone anymore. It was after that that I thought, I’m being treated like an invalid, and said, Maybe it’s time for that knee replacement.”

Modern Times

Cynthia’s most recent struggles prompted a return visit to Dr. Connors, who was the first surgeon in Charlotte County to perform the Mako robotic arm-assisted knee replacement surgery, a state-of-the-art procedure he specializes in.

Considered by Dr. Connors to be “the most modern way of doing partial and total knee replacement surgery,” the Mako robotic arm procedure is an extremely precise operation that results in better-fitting replacement joints that heal faster and last longer.

“The hardest thing about any knee replacement surgery is getting the knee balance exact so that the ligaments and muscles aren’t too tight or too loose,” Dr. Connors educates. “What this procedure allows us to do is get that part of the surgery just right.

“It takes out the human error by using CT-based computer navigation to determine the ligament tightness in the knee. That allows us to get within a millimeter of correct balance, which makes the replacement knee joint feel more natural.

“In addition to feeling more natural, the replacement knee joint lasts longer because it’s properly aligned. With proper alignment, you get a more precise balance of ligaments. And with that, you get less stress on the bearing surfaces of the joint.”

By using the Mako robotic arm procedure, Dr. Connors says, patients should get about 25 years of use out of their replacement knee joint. That’s at least 10 more years than they could hope to get from a joint implanted through a traditional replacement procedure.

“The take-home message is: If you do this the first time using the computer navigation card and robotic arm technology, you’re more likely to have it done right,” Dr. Connors emphasizes. “That way, you won’t need to have it done a second time.” 

Good As New 

That take-home message was more than enough for Cynthia, who finally accepted Dr. Connors’ recommendation and had the Mako robotic arm procedure done on her left knee August 2. A few days later, she was up and walking again.

“They initially gave me a walker for the first two or three days,” Cynthia relates. “On the sixth day, I went to church and only needed a cane, which was actually a sign of progress.”

A week later, Cynthia returned to church without a cane. 

Remarkably, two weeks after undergoing Mako robotic arm-assisted knee replacement surgery, she was walking without assistance and, even better, was walking pain-free.

Cynthia slowly resumed some of the activities she was forced to abandon because of her knee. That includes riding a stationary bike at the YMCA and taking walks with her husband.

“At first, I was only walking a few blocks because it was so hot out, but if my husband had taken me to the mall, I could have walked a mile,” Cynthia elaborates. “And I’m back to walking that block to the title company again, so I’m feeling great.

“I just can’t thank Dr. Connors enough. He did a great job, and the procedure is so precise. I never had any concerns about it because he explained everything so well, which gave me a great deal of confidence going into the procedure.

“The outcome was absolutely amazing, and so is Dr. Connors. And as far as Advanced Orthopedic Center goes, it’s an amazing medical facility. I highly recommend it and Dr. Connors to anyone with knee problems.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. js
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