Makoplasty here I come

May 13, 2011

Well, I've made up my mind. I've decided to go through with the Makoplasty procedure.

The fact is that my arthritis isn't going away and will only continue to give me pain and immobility for the rest of my life. I simply can't keep taking pain meds as a couple of weeks ago they started to mess with my speech. I was slurring words like a homeless drunkard - a side effect of these medications for some.

So, this coming Monday I undergo the surgery. I feel I'm in good hands with Dr. William Macauley and the team at Columbia Presbyterian. I'll try to have pix and vids taken of the procedure to share with you all. Might make a cool blog post!

I plan on doing the rehab myself at Serious Strength. According to the surgeon, the bionic pieces set practically immediately so I can put full effort into my exercises pretty quickly. I'm not sure how long it will take for the stitches to "settle," but I plan to get full range of motion ASAP using my special strength equipment. No theraband nonsense for me.

So, here we go. I'm looking forward to no more pain, no more meds, and an additional half inch in height (well, after I get the other knee done at least).

If anyone has any suggestions for post-op pain/swelling management, I'm all ears!