March of 2012 I had a Patello Femoral Replacement (pfr) with Makoplasty with Dr. Pearel in NY. I am a healthy and very active 45 year old male who has been a gym rat his whole life and I live in Pennsylvania. I love basketball, tennis, playing sports with my 2 boys and lifting weights. When I was 20 yrs. old, I crashed my motorcycle and broke my patella and then re-broke it a year and a half later playing basketball. I rehabbed again and continued to play basketball hard (4-5 days per week) for the next 20 till I was grade 4 (no cartridge under my knee cap) in my knee and then life became a bit difficult to manage being active and keeping up with my 10 and 9 year old boys.
I have visited numerous docs over the years and received numerous suggestions on what to do with my knee. I never followed any of the suggestions thank god but I had a few scope clean outs over the years. My knee ran its course and basically had nothing left, so I needed to find a solution to satisfy myself. I researched pfr for about 3 years before making up my mind to do it then I searched the entire country for the doc I wanted to do the procedure - location was not a issue. After a ton of research and a few consults I decided on Dr. Pearle in NY.
March 15th I had the procedure and I stayed at Hospital for Special Surgery for 3 nights. I will tell you the first few weeks were not easy to manage the pain, but well worth it in the long run. Now you must understand I am a rule breaker. I was driving within a week and back to work in 2 weeks. Maintaining swelling was always an issue. I traveled with my life saving ice machine, a cooler of ice that attaches to a wrap for your knee - cost about $150 and worth every penny. The ice basically lasted me the entire day. I initially started right home PT right away and then 3 weeks later i went to out patient PT. PT was so important to my recovery. The first place I went to was great with building strength but not too good at achieving range of motion back. I switched to another PT and within a a week I had completely full range of motion back. I can now touch my heel of my foot to my buttocks with ease, just as I used to be able to do.
This surgery was a life changer for me. At 3-4 months out I started doing Spin cycle class at my gym with a friend of mine. Of course I hit the advanced class right away. I am over 7 months post surgery now and I have absolutely no pain or discomfort. I am very careful with my knee, I focus on light weight training 3 times per week on my knee, 2-3 spin classes per week, stretching everyday and soon to start yoga and I plan to return to tennis in a few months. I love my new knee and my increase activity level (non impact of course) and especially being pain free again, I fear no steps anymore.
Dr Pearle was personally tremendous to me during the process. I live in PA, so I could not just show up in NY for any issues. I did have some initial pain issues and Dr. Pearle's staff gave me his personal cell number, I called him and had a phone conversation while he was in Florida with the Mets at spring training. What other doc would give you his cell number? Dr. Pearle's staff is just out of this world especially Jillian. I personally called facilities all over the country asking questions about different docs wanting to know about there experience, how long they have been doing Mako and how many Mako's they have done. Amazingly enough most places would not give me that information. That information was so vital to my decision making process. I surly didn't want a doc who just got Mako and did 3 procedures working on me, not saying the doc is not good at what he/she does but I was looking for the most experienced doc with Mako. If you read the stats from Mako directly it says the docs with the most Mako procedures have the lowest failure rates, enough said for me. Jillian gave me any info I wanted on Dr. Pearle. Maybe because it is easy with him because he does more Mako's than anyone else does. If I email Jillian, I guarantee the same day she will email me or call me back. Dr. Pearlel's experience had me at the door but Jillian was the closer for me. I always hate the docs if you have a question you have to make an appt. to see them, who has time for that? Dr. Pearle's office is all about customer service in my opinion. I own my own small business and if I could staff my entire customer service dept. with all Jillian's I would work less and life would be amazing.
Thank you Dr. Pearle and Jillian for making my experience go smoothly just like my knee now.