”I thought I would be laid up a long time,” she said, but she was up on her feet the same day as her surgery and was released from the hospital three days later.
Rienzo spent a week at a rehabilitation center and was sent home.
”When I came home it was not even two weeks after surgery and I cooked dinner,” she said, adding that her recovery was not nearly as quick with her knee-replacement surgery.
Three weeks after her surgery she described her pain as somewhere between a one or a two on a 10-point scale and though she’s still using a walker, expected to make the switch to a cane in a few days. She hoped to be walking implement-free within a month.
Her recovery has gone so well, Rienzo said, her former employer has asked her if she’d return to work. While she wasn’t willing to confirm whether she would or not, she said she’s not shy to tell people robotic hip-replacement surgery is best way to go.
”The hip replacement really was nothing,” she said of the pain and recovery.
”When I was in the (rehabilitation) home a lot of the nurses asked about it because their mothers needed hip replacement,” she said, adding she gave them a positive review of her procedure with Shields.
Shields said the only con to using the MAKO robot is that the surgery takes between 20 and 30 minutes longer than a traditional procedure, which typically lasts 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
”If I had somebody who may have an exceptional risk to surgery, I may do a traditional (hip-replacement procedure) to just go faster,” he said. “My experience so far, I think, is this is the one I’m going to stick with,” he said of MAKOplasty.