At 82, Joginder Bhore still enjoys living an active lifestyle – whether it’s going for a walk, hopping on the elliptical or playing his favorite game, golf. About 10 or 12 years ago, though, he started experiencing pain in his knees and decided to have it checked out.
“I was going to a doctor in Dallas, and he did arthroscopic surgery, and that really didn’t help either of my knees,” says Bhore. “So I finally decided I needed to get a replacement.”
He was referred to an orthopedic surgeon on the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie medical staff. X-rays revealed that his knees were worn out and had very little cartilage left. Bhore was presented with two options: partial knee replacement or full knee replacement.
“We discussed it, and at my age, we determined that partial surgery would probably work, depending on what he found when he opened it up,” Bhore says.
During partial knee replacement, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again.
Bhore had his right knee operated on first at a hospital in Dallas. When he decided that the time was right to do the left knee, his surgeon told him that Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie was acquiring an advanced technological platform to perform partial knee replacement. He was given the opportunity to be the first patient at the medical center to have his knee operated on with the new equipment.
The 25-year Waxahachie resident, who came to the area as a construction manager with the Supercollider project, had no qualms about having the surgery close to home, rather than going back to Dallas.
“My main concern that I mentioned to the doctor was that I’d be able to play golf again, which I can,” says Bhore.
The operating room technology, called MAKOplasty, is a robotic arm used to assist in total hip replacement and partial knee replacement procedures. The tool aids surgeons by using real-time imaging technology to increase precision, resulting in a more natural feeling knee following surgery. It also can result in less scarring, quicker recoveries and better long-term results.
“The recovery time was actually less than when I had the right knee done in Dallas,” says Bhore. “The knees are in good shape. I can walk a couple of miles without any problem. I do stretching and exercises every day.”
Bhore has been thrilled with the outcome and the fast rehabilitation. The only drawback has been that now, if he has a bad day at the golf course, he can’t blame it on his knee.