Dubuque resident Harlan Doty was suffering from limited mobility and pain in his right knee for quite some time.
“I couldn’t bend my knee very much and was experiencing a lot of pain,” Harlan said. “My knee really was bone on bone, so we decided it was time to consider surgery.”
After pain management intervention, it was determined Harlan would be a good fit for robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery with Dr. Ryan Cloos.
“I was grateful we were able to offer Harlan the opportunity to return home on the same day of his robotic total knee replacement,” Dr. Cloos said. “He was a qualified candidate who had at-home support, which is important during recovery.”
On December 14, 2021, Harlan found the pain relief and enhanced mobility he was looking for.
Harlan came to UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital at 5:30 a.m., and he left the hospital after being discharged home at 4 p.m.
“It was truly amazing that it went by that quick,” Harlan said. “It was great to be able to go home the same day.”
Throughout his surgery day, Harlan was cared for by an experienced care team including Dr. Cloos, surgical technicians, nurses, physical therapists, and support staff.
Harlan felt like each member of his care team worked well together to provide a positive patient experience.
“From what I saw that day with Dr. Cloos and everyone coming into my room, I could tell everyone was a team,” Harlan said. “The comradery was there and you felt that all the way up until you were getting ready to go home. It was a good vibe from everyone.”
Once his robotic-assisted knee replacement was complete, Harlan began his recovery process, which included follow-up appointments with his orthopedic surgeon and physical therapy sessions.
“By using the robot, we achieved greater precision, which has led Harlan to a shorter recovery time,” Dr. Cloos said.
Harlan has been impressed with the shorter recovery time but knows the experience of his care team and physical therapy helped him get back to doing things he enjoys.
“The recovery went better than I expected,” Harlan said. “I’m one of those people who do not like to sit still, so it was kind of hard at first. A lot of it is in your mind on what you can do with recovery and therapy. Stick with your plan and do what your care team tells you – I believe that has helped me to have a pretty good outcome following surgery.”
Reflecting back on his robotic-assisted knee replacement experience at Finley Hospital, Harlan knew he was in good hands and would encourage others to consider this advanced and innovative surgery.
“On a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a 10,” Harlan said. “From the moment I got to the hospital until I was going home, it was well done. It was a great experience from start to finish.”
To learn more about robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery at Finley Hospital, visit unitypoint.org/orthosurgery.