The Bee's Knees

The Bee's Knees

ORIF Knee Recovery on X10 (with Professor Jik Chin)

November 11, 2019

Quick Summary
Dr. Jik Chin explains his ORIF knee recovery after an accident on an electronic scooter. He travelled from Toronto, Canada to SE Michigan to do 10 days on the X10. As a scientist he put the X10 through its paces in his hotel room. His first testimonial for any product, Dr. Chin was excited to share news about his experience with the X10.

One Highlight
In 10 days Dr. Chin gained 30+ degrees bending in his knee six weeks after his surgery. Within a few days he was able to use an elliptical machine and begin to regain his pre-surgery health. He considers his days with the X10 robot to be instrumental in his overall recovery.

Favorite Quote
"I compare the X10 knee robot to something like a knee CPM machine for example. It's like comparing a dial phone to an iPhone X. Yes, they both can make calls and you can contact your friends. But one is so much powerful. It's computerized, automated. It's, so helpful to find where your limits are in terms of your personal pain threshold."

Is this for you?
Listen to the podcast or read the text below if you are recovering from a patella fracture, ORIF or other knee surgery like ACL or knee replacement. The audio interview provides a very detailed explanation from a patient's perspective, about how working with the X10 can solve a knee recovery challenge.

ORIF Knee Recovery on X10
an interview with University of Toronto Professor, Dr. Jik Chin

My name is Jik Chin. I was born in Los Angeles. My father was a diplomat. But let’s fast forward to Toronto, Canada. I am a professor at The University of Toronto. My specific areas of interest are Biological and Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry.

Moving Around Quickly
I enjoy riding electric kick scooters. I bought a couple of them and I've been riding them all over the place… until I fell down and broke my patella into multiple fragments in the spring. I called 911. I needed an operation right away.

The Surgery
I didn't know the surgeon, but he did a wonderful job of putting it together with pins and wires. In addition, he said that I had a rip in the tendon in front of the patella. As you can imagine, if you fall on concrete going 25 kilometers an hour, you're going to break the bone as well as the tendon.
He called this an ORIF surgery of the knee. That stands for open reduction, internal fixation. Open meaning you opened the knee, reduction means you gather together all the bones that have been broken and spread apart. You have to reduce it and then fix it with wires, metals, an internal fixation. This kind of surgery can be done on your hands and elbows. But mine was ORIF of the knee. Not all people with this surgery have their tendons torn. Because of that it was more tricky for him to stitch those ripped tendons.

My ORIF Knee Recovery Begins
It was a tricky operation, having to stitch the tendon as well as to put the bones together. After the surgery my surgeon’s instructions to me were, “Jik, you can't do anything for the next six weeks. Don't move your knees.” While scar tissue has a big head start,