Partial Knee Replacement at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen Gets Tennis Player Back on the Court|
ALLEN, Texas — At 67, Patrick Kelly’s osteoarthritis was hindering him from enjoying his favorite pastime.
The retired pilot and avid tennis player had sought help for his right knee numerous times. Injections and other procedures weren’t helping. He was leery of facing the recovery from a total knee replacement until he heard on the radio that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen offered a minimially invasive robotic-assisted partial knee replacement procedure. He quickly called and signed up.
“I’m really happy with it and not having to do the complete knee replacement,” said Kelly, a Plano resident. “I was back playing tennis two months later.”
Texas Health Allen was the first facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to offer the robotic technology to perform partial knee replacements. The new robotic technology has a system that enables the orthopedic surgeon to pre-plan procedures and map them in three dimensions, based on the patient's individual anatomy. Using small incisions in the skin, a robotic arm guides the orthopedic surgeon during the procedure so that only the diseased portion of the knee is removed, sparing healthy bone and tissue.
The hospital began offering the procedure in early 2011 and the feedback from patients has been great.
“It has definitely been everything we hoped it would be as far as keeping incisions small, quicker recovery, shorter hospital stays, very little blood loss,” said Dr. Richard Rhodes, a surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen. “I’m thrilled with the results so far.”
The surgery is available for patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee Rhodes said.
For these patients, it can make a world of difference in recovery times. Full recovery from a typical total knee replacement takes about three to six months whereas recovery time from this procedure takes about six to eight weeks, Rhodes said.
In addition to faster recovery times, many patients report that the results feel better than with a total knee replacement, Rhodes said.
“It’s a much more natural feeling knee than what you get with a total knee replacement.”
For more information on the procedure, visit TexasHealth.org/AllenKneeRobot.
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