New Surgery In Valley Helps People With Arthritis In Their Knees

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 3:49pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 8:31am

EDINBURG - Jesus Mares stands next to doctor Raul Marquez smiling. Four weeks ago, standing like this wasn't an easy feat. Mares has moderate arthritis, but after knee surgery, he is on the road to living a pain free life.

"Well, it was just a constant pain I had on my knee. And you know, it gets to where it was just a bother to have it there," said Jesus Mares, Knee Surgery Patient.

A bother Mares could stand no longer.

"I usually like to go dancing a lot, and that was one of my main problems. I can't dance at all," said Mares.

But luckily for him, a new surgery procedure is available in the Valley, and it's done with the help of a robot. Meet RIO, a robotic arm the doctor guides during partial knee surgeries.

"We used to tell the patient, wait until you have enough pain and your knee is bad enough so we can do the whole knee," said Dr. Raul Marquez, Orthopedic Surgeon.

With RIO, doctors are able to operate on only the half of the knee with the problem. This allows for less scar tissue, a faster surgery, and a much shorter rehabilitation time.

Mares went in for his surgery on a Friday and "I was walking on Saturday morning, not real far, but I got out of bed and walked," said Mares.

The surgery even allowed him to fulfill his passion only two weeks later.

"On Saturday was my birthday, I am 71 and I went dancing. and I guess that is my main goal I guess," chuckles Mares.

The partial knee surgery is expected to be fully effective for up to 15 years.

If you are interested in learning more about the MAKOplasty Surgeries at Cornerstone Regional Hospital and if it would work for you, call 1-800-879-1033 to register for a free seminar.

Seminars start next week, so anyone interested should call the number above.

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