Lenny’s on the road again, leaving his knee pain behind
As a lifelong truck driver, Leonard Sadler didn’t want his knee pain to interrupt his career. But the pain was getting worse, making it hard to sit for long periods of time and to step up into the truck.
“I’ve been a truck driver for more than 50 years, but I wasn’t ready to retire,” said Lenny. So he turned to his Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute (JOI) surgeon, Steven Crenshaw, MD, who helped him understand his options.
“Lenny was a good candidate for a new procedure, called MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing, because his arthritis was contained to the inner part of the knee – the medial compartment,” Dr. Crenshaw said. “For patients like Lenny, this is a great alternative to a total knee replacement. It is much less invasive and more precise than other types of partial knee replacement.”
With MAKOplasty, the surgeon uses a robotic arm system to remove only the damaged areas of the knee. A small implant is positioned accurately in the patient’s knee to best fit the anatomy. Recovery time after partial knee resurfacing is about six weeks – half the time it takes to recover from a total knee replacement.
MAKOplasty is another example of how Baptist Health is leading the market in offering the latest minimally invasive surgical approaches that enable people to get back to their lives more quickly. In fact, at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, JOI surgeons have performed more robotassisted partial knee resurfacing procedures than any other provider in the region.
Lenny has no complaints. A Baptist Home Health physical therapist went to his home every day for two weeks to help with rehabilitation. He was pleased to be able to ride a horse at an annual fund-raising event just six weeks after his surgery. And, he was back on the road driving his semi just two months post-surgery.
“I would recommend this to anyone,” Lenny said. “I have not had any problems with my knee since the surgery. Having experienced traditional surgery on my other knee, I can tell you that robotic is the way to go.”