Oregonian first to receive robotic-assisted total knee replacement
Jack Swartwood is a man with seemingly endless energy. A long-time woodworker, Jack often gets inspiration for his craftwork from his journeys into nature. Whether hunting big game or crawling on all-fours to get the perfect photo, he rarely misses an opportunity to explore. It’s not uncommon for him to cover five, 10, or more than 15 miles in each outing.
Those experiences were slowed significantly in fall of 2016 when he had knee surgery on his left knee. Using the traditional approach, Jack spent over eight weeks in recovery and physical therapy. Pain became so bothersome that it hindered his feelings about his overall recovery. “I couldn’t wait to get back to what I love doing and the waiting was hard,” he told me as his wife, Grace gently nodded in agreement. He was able to resume some activity in the early days after surgery but not as quickly as he hoped. Chris Nanson, M.D., at Legacy Meridian Park performed his first surgery and remembered Jack well.
As Jack was recovering from his surgery, news came that his right knee would also need surgery and there was a unique opportunity. “He (Dr. Nanson) said I would be the first in Oregon to have this type of surgery. I told him, 'bring it on!'” On January 27, Jack Swartwood became the first patient at Legacy Meridian Park hospital to undergo the Mako robotic-assisted total knee replacement.
The Mako robot allows the surgeon to perform the surgery more precisely through a smaller incision compared to standard procedures. The result can be less pain and improved recovery times for the patient.
Dr. Nanson recalls, “I don’t think I’ve ever had a patient so excited to have knee surgery. He was very excited to help us make history.”
“Dr. Nanson is just awesome. The robot is so accurate and we’re days ahead of recovery compared to the first time,” Jack says. He raises his pant leg to show me his scar. “They didn’t have to spread the tissue as far and there is so much less pain.”
Jack is so thankful to Dr. Nanson and the entire medical staff that helped in his surgery. “We’re a part of history and everyone at the hospital is, too.”
Dr. Chris Nanson and Legacy Meridian Park Hospital were the first in Oregon to perform this state-of-art surgery. To learn more about this state-of-art knee surgery technology at Legacy Meridian Park, visit: www.legacyhealth.org/roboticknee.