Jo booked in to see Jonathan, who recommended a partial knee replacement rather than a full one, using the Mako robot technology to aid him in creating a more accurate prosthetic placement. The operation was booked for March and Jo started on an intensive pre-operative physio programme, getting herself as fit as possible with weights, yoga and swimming.
Prior to the operation, Jo had a CT scan to help the robotic technology plot exactly where the prosthetic needed to be placed. This would then provide real time feedback to Jonathan during the surgery, allowing him to place the new knee in the optimum position for Jo’s recovery and future health.
Surgery and recovery
Jo’s operation took place at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in early 2018. On the third day following her operation, Jo was able to walk without crutches, and had minimal swelling and bleeding.
Since her operation, Jo has been back in the gym, doing weights and light exercise and religiously following her rehab programme with her physio, who has been equally impressed at not just her recovery but the precise positioning of her knee. Interestingly Jo found that the pain and stiffness in her left hip, that she’d attributed to bad luck over all these years, has completely gone! Something she and her physio believe is down to the correction of her right knee.
Jo continues to work hard at her recovery, staying active, and has gone back to work already.