Robot Assisted THR

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    • #14508
      runnergreg
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      Do any of you have an opinion of the value of robotic assisted THR surgery versus a procedure done by the orthopaedic surgeon without the assistance o
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    • #14516
      rgrein
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      My replacement was done by robot assist here in the Seattle area. I didn’t get to watch, but I understand the primary advantage is getting leg length right. People naturally have some difference in limb length (1 inch or more is common), but I remember an article on the subject when I was young noting that Olympic class athlete tended to be more symmetrical with a leg length difference within half an inch. My surgeon told me after that he added 12 mm to the (left) leg to even things out.

      I don’t know if it was that, or superior technique, glue or just that I don’t have a lot of that kind of pain, but I used a walker for the first week just to keep my wife happy, and started (very slow) run/walks on a treadmill within 2 months.3 years on I’ve had zero problems other than a bit of I-T band soreness if I am inactive or change activity levels suddenly. Given the problems others have had I’d go with the robot assist (a fancy measuring device, from what I was told) if it’s an option.

      Oh, I’m a 3-5 mile runner at best right now, but then at 228 I’m a clydesdale. Wrestling is more my thing, but finally retired last year at 59. Unlikely to get a full marathon in now, but I will try for a half marathon next year.

    • #14518
      runnergreg
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      Great input, thank you

    • #14526
      Hippocampus
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      Good to know about robotic THR. However VA doesn’t offer robotics. I had robotic prostectomy and 8 mo later competed in my 3rd national championship tri athlon. In the event, My bone on bone hip /inflammation / pain was controlled using 15mg of meloxocam.
      My VA doc assessed my leg length and told me he would correct it. Plus, says he will not switch up muscle too tight so I can keep my gate.
      Surgery scheduled in February 2019.
      This is the first blog I’ve ever joined – because I’m scared as hell having this operation.
      I have plans to hike Pikes Peak June 2019 with my nephew and pray I can do it.
      Every post I read here , reinforces a positive outcome.
      I considered stem cell and PRP, but it made no sense how that could help bone on bone.
      Wrestlers have a superior training and nutrition mind set. Thanks for your input, it’s encouraging.

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