Felice Carpenito enjoyed running so much that he often ran twice a day.
But pounding the pavement for more than 20 years finally took its toll
on the 75-year-old Verona resident.
A few years ago, Felice started experiencing excruciating “bone on
bone” knee pain during his daily runs at Verona Park. After running,
he often had sharp pain in his knee.
Felice dealt with the pain and tried to run through it. He sought medical
treatment from local doctors who chalked up the pain to arthritis. Since
he couldn’t find a doctor who was willing to perform knee surgery
because “it wasn’t the right time,” Felice iced his
knee regularly after running and received a series of cortisone shots
which provided temporary relief at best.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
As his knee pain continued to get worse, Felice began feeling very discouraged
and knew that he needed to seek another option. At the suggestion of friends,
he turned to
Michael Rieber, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon and joint replacement specialist with Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
After examining Felice, Dr. Rieber recommended
Mako robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement. This minimally invasive approach, available at Saint Barnabas for both
total and partial knee replacement, utilizes surgeon-controlled robotic
arm technology that enables precise alignment and placement of implants.
The Mako System software also assists surgeons in pre-planning and treating
patients, allowing for a customized approach with great benefits –
smaller incisions, less pain and a quicker recovery.
The same-day surgery was a complete success. Shortly after, Felice underwent
six weeks of physical therapy.
“After suffering for so long, I’m pain-free and able to be
active again thanks to the excellent care I received at Saint Barnabas
Medical Center,” says Felice. “The Mako partial knee replacement
literally changed my life – I feel great!”
Pounding the Pavement Again
Today, Felice is back to his normal lifestyle and is thrilled to pound
the pavement again, although now he’s sticking to walking rather
than running. He logs in two to five miles daily during his morning and
early evening walks at Verona Park. His repaired knee also gave him another
immeasurable benefit. Before the surgery, he did his best keeping up with
his two young grandchildren and now, he’s able to “chase”
Learn more about robotic-arm assisted surgery for knee and hip replacement.