Dr. Jim’s Chronic Knee Pain & Makoplasty™ Robotic Partial Knee Replacement Story

“I walked out of the surgical center and my wife and I the next morning walked about a block down to have breakfast without any crutches, without any canes.”

“As a result I was playing golf in 2 weeks and a little bit of tennis, hitting tennis balls in about 4 weeks, so I am very impressed with the procedure and Dr. Buechel.”

Dr. Jim came to Dr. Buechel with chronic knee pain after prolonged sports activity. This is a common symptom which we wanted to and he was a great candidate for partial robotic knee replacement surgery. We had x-rays done and MRI to determine if Dr. Jim was a good candidate for the Makoplasty™ procedure. After reviewing the images, and speaking further with Dr. Jim, we determined he was a great candidate for partial knee replacement, and a great candidate to enjoy the active life he led before his chronic knee pain. 

The procedure took a couple of hours, where Dr. Jim did great. He was able to walk out of the surgical center, as soon as he was awake and ready to go. He was able to do some more walking that week, and even get back on the driving range within a couple of weeks. Also, as you see from the video, hitting tennis balls in a few weeks, and back to a normal life. 

Video Transcription:

My name is Dr. Jim Vana I’m in North Port Florida. I am a chiropractor.
I would play tennis about 3 hours in the morning.
When I was playing tennis my knee would hurt.
Then I would wait for 2 days till the pain went away and then the pain was gone, then I would play tennis and I would wait for 2 days.
The first doctor I saw in Florida said you can’t have a partial knee you have to have a full knee and I knew I didn’t want to have that and I knew I didn’t need that and so I asked several doctors and they said Dr. Buechel down in Naples Florida was the best.
Dr Buechel is a world-renowned expert, he is one of the pioneers of Makoplasty™, which is the partial knee replacement.
With the partial knee you are only doing one side of the knee.
You don’t have to take the entire parts of the knee out.
I wanted to keep my ligaments intact and keep my knee stable, and being able to do the sports that I like to do.
I had the right knee about three years ago and the left one was about two days ago.
I walked out of the surgical center and my wife and I the next morning walked about a block down to have breakfast without any crutches, without any canes.
They have a good pain management program that they use.
Which is basically over the counter medication, using ice, using some vitamins.
Within several days you’re walking around and they want you to be active but not too active because you have to allow some healing time on these surgeries.
As a result I was playing golf in 2 weeks and a little bit of tennis, hitting tennis balls in about 4 weeks, so I am very impressed with the procedure and Dr. Buechel.
I have recommended him to numerous people.
One of my friends down in Florida, he had a full knee took him about 6 months to recover from that.
He was getting ready to do his full knee on his other knee and I talked to him to seeing Dr. Buechel.
He went down and saw Dr. Buechel and every time I see him on the golf course he tells me how happy he was for doing the makoplasty, the partial knee replacement.
Because he recovered within a month or 6 weeks.
As I got to know Dr. Buechel I did a lot of research on his ability.
He has a phenomenal protocol that he uses in his surgical procedures which probably makes him one the best, in my opinion the best in the world.