“Despite this diagnosis, I had no knee pain,” says Nayana. “I decided against a total knee endoprosthesis because I didn’t have any pain until 20 years later.”
Before Nayana left for Utah on vacation, her right knee began to hurt. She thought it was just a small improvement that would go away. During her trip, she went hiking and her pain increased. Nayana needed a walking stick to help her walk for the rest of her trip.
“When I got home, I was given cortisone injections for the pain,” says Nayana. “It got better, but it didn’t go away completely, so I decided to see an orthopedic surgeon.”
Nayana researched and after two visits to other doctors and a referral from her boyfriend, she met with Andrew Wassef, MD, medical director, MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center, Long Beach Medical Center.
“During my first meeting with Dr. Wassef, he took his time and guided me through my options and was very friendly, ”says Nayana.
MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center at Long Beach Medical Center features traditional replacement surgeries by experienced orthopedic surgeons, delivering an unforgettable patient experience with high satisfaction rates and quality results. Facilities include private patient rooms, a group therapy room, patient education, a preoperative course and a joint care coordinator. Patients recover and leave the hospital in an average of 1.10 days compared to the national average of 1.54 days.
On September 14th, Dr. Wassef performed a total knee endoprosthesis with Mako ™ technology at Nayana. Long Beach Medical Center offers Mako ™ robotic arm assisted procedures for the entire knee, partial knee, and total hip. Mako ™ provides a unique 3D model of a patient’s anatomy to aid the surgeon in pre-planning the placement of knee and hip implants. When the surgeon prepares the bone for implantation, the Mako ™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System guides the surgeon within a predefined area to enable accurate and precise placement of the implant.
“Before the operation, we receive a CT scan that provides us with an individual roadmap and an operation plan for the patient,” says Dr. Water “We use the Mako ™ robotic arm intraoperatively to ensure we get the perfect fit for every patient. This system helps patients experience a strong, rapid recovery and feel more natural when they return to their daily routine. “
While staying in the hospital only one night, Nayana diligently did her rehabilitation exercises at home and was even able to participate in Team Spirit Long Beach Cancer Long Beach 5K on September 26 – just 12 days after surgery.
“Walking was the best exercise for me,” says Nayana. “I took 3,000 steps just two weeks after the operation and I felt great and knew not to overdo it.”
Thanks to innovative therapies, Nayana was not only able to walk again shortly after the operation, but was also able to return to her job as a radiation oncologist.
“I am Dr. Wassef and Long Beach Medical Center for such a great experience and for helping me overcome my knee pain, “says Nayana.