Dr John Limbers discusses the increasing uptake of robotic technology by orthopaedics surgeons in Australia for hip and knee surgery and the reasons why.
Lejeunecast: The Robot, The Surgeon and My Joint Replacement
Based on 26 reviews
Dr John Limbers | Orthopaedic Surgeon
09:37 15 Mar 20
Dr Limbers did my TRH in Jan 2020.I would 110% concur with all the 5/5 previous reviews; Dr John is not only a great surgeon but his 'bed side manner' at the referral, in surgery, immediate post-op check, and 6 week follow-up where exceptional. Don't get me wrong, you should choose a surgeon on skill and results but the non-tangible comes into it too. In my case, I am very technically oriented and cross check everything at work and home. No different here; I consulted three surgeons and although they were all good, Dr John out scored them not only technically but also on the human side so that I felt comfortable to ask technical and medical questions more than adequately. He listened carefully to not only my questions but also my suggestions for certain types of prosthetics that he happily gave me pros and cons for. Another thing to consider - although Dr John is good he knows he can do better ... by using a robot (Mako) as part of the surgery; it assists in getting the position as correct as possible. He will explain better than I, but it is a no brainer that a technical or medical person should use the best tools available to them. If they can get better accuracy and a better result, costs considered, then why not use it? This was one of my main criteria was to find a surgeon that used a Mako robot to assist and get the 'replacement parts' put into the right angle, distance and length. I wanted as close as possible a natural result as I am young and do a lot of sports with my kids - Dr Johns achieved that in spades. I am very pleased.
02:13 14 Mar 20
I recently had my right knee replaced by Dr John Limbers, and found the whole procedure from beginning to end highly professional. Dr Limbers “Robotic Procedure” replaced my knee in 1 hr. Pain management was excellent, I had minimal swelling, and I was up and moving around much faster than I thought would be possible - & I’m 86 years young -:). Within 4 weeks, having followed my exercise/physiotherapy plan I’m walking up & down steps independently (no walking aid required or assistance). I can’t speak highly enough of Dr Limbers & his knee replacement procedure. I found him to be a very caring man, & his staff happy & caring which helped me feel more relaxed and supported through a rather anxious time.
19:42 04 Mar 20
August 2015 I had bunion surgery. Was told to be at Wyong hospital 7.30am I’d be one of the first to be done, living in western Sydney I left home at 5am, nothing to eat or drink from night before, it turned out to be a hot day and I’m still waiting to be done at 5pm still with nothing to eat or drink, only to be told Dr Limbers will have to cancel your operation as he is running behind. Was called up 2weeks later same thing, arrived there early wasn’t taken in till afternoon never saw Dr Limber at all, I have since read at the time I was having my op he was having a heart bypass, no wonder I didn’t see him he wasn’t there. On my last appointment with him at Gosford hospital before the operation I was told bunion removal large toe fusion and a pin in toe next to large toe. Obviously there was no communication between whoever did the operation as there are staples at base of all my other toes causing them to be fused Because of this it has altered the length of my stride, and the way I walk, I can’t bend my toes because they are all fused, why on earth this was done I’ll never know. Would I recommend Dr LimbersWhat do you think?
06:09 21 Feb 20
I had a Total Knee Replacement with Dr Limbers nearly 7 weeks ago, and found the experience much more pleasant than I had expected. Before the operation he explained the process to me very thoroughly, also referring me to a pre and post-op physiotherapist, at no cost to myself, who monitored my progress each day via a video link, setting and tailoring to my specific needs a very useful exercise regime.I have no hesitation whatever in recommending Dr Limbers, whom I found to be highly professional, courteous and very likeable.
08:12 19 Feb 20
I found Dr Limbers to be very friendly and professional when he explained the Mako Robotic Hip Replacement procedure that he performed on me last month. I recommend Dr Limbers to anyone considering this operation.
00:38 18 Feb 20
Hi, I am 67 and I felt I should share some info for others who may be considering a TKR.If you are living with knee pain and restricted movement related to the deterioration of the knee joint, I was. I was in considerable pain and it was affecting my movement and quality of life even driving and sleeping. I was referred to Dr Limbers and before attending I did my research (Dr Google) and found that Surgeons that have use the Mako Robotic System found it to be extremely precise (no guesswork) in positioning the knee and a lot less invasive which related to a quicker recovery for the patient. Dr Limbers spent time explaining all the Pros and Cons and I felt at ease when deciding to go ahead with the TKR op. I was operated on me 7/1/20.The pain after op is considerable but controlled be medication and the Physiothrapist will have you up the next day, it’s not easy but no pain no gain. I made a conscious decision before the op to apply myself after. Progress is a little slow and painful for the first few weeks but it gets better each week after. I now at week 6, still have some pain but very manageable. What I found extremely helpful for me was I joined a local Gym at week 4 and used the Gym bike no weight, it got the knee working well, for me it was a game changer.Good luck to those who are considering a TKR with the Mako system, I believe it’s the only way to go.Cheers Richard
06:23 17 Feb 20
Dr John Limbers what a Surgeon. I had a Mako Robitic Hip Replacement. All steps were explained. Fantastic that a Surgeon keeps up to date with new technology. 2 days in Hospital back to work in 1 week on light duties. All questions were answered regarding aftercare, he makes you feel at ease that nothing is a silly question and you are important. What a Credit to your profession. Keep up the good work. Thankyou Denise
05:47 08 Feb 20
I saw Dr Limbers for my foot injury, he ordered a scan and referred me to one of the best nerve graft surgeon in RNSH. Thanks Dr Limbers.
07:15 03 Feb 20
I went to Doctor John Limbers for a total knee replacement in November 2019. Today marks twelve weeks since the surgery and I am happy to say that I am pain and medication free. I have returned to full time work and am enjoying experiences that we often take for granted such as a walk along the beach or a trip to the shops. Prior to surgery such ventures were met with pain and a high level of personal frustration, not to mention lots of medication to control the constant pain.I found Dr Limbers to have a professional and caring nature. From my very first consultation, to his daily visits while I was in hospital and then my follow up consultation. I felt my needs were valued and supported with every question I put to him answered in detail. I must also add that my anaesthetist, Dr Gray certainly put my mind at ease giving me a bit of a pep talk when I informed him of my ‘possible unrealistic’ fear of the anaesthetic process. The reception girls were wonderful and very friendly and the staff at Gosford Private, in the ward and in rehab were exceptional in their care and professionalism. All round Dr Limbers and his team made my journey as professional and comfortable as possible and I would highly recommend them for orthopaedic surgery.
03:07 24 Jan 20
Dr Limbers operated on me on 7/12/19 with a full hip replacement I found him to be very professional and very genuine kind Dr and very happy with my new hip thank you Dr Limbers
02:28 16 Jan 20
Dr John Limbers is an excellent surgeon, with a friendly and caring personality. He explains all the details of the surgery in an easy to understand language. I previously had bilateral knee replacement by John with fantastic results, it has been eleven years with no problems. My hip replacement in November was a breeze, back at home in 3 days, an outstanding recovery. I would recommend John Limbers to anyone who wants to have the best surgical experience.
06:20 02 Jan 20
Thankyou Dr Limbers for being understanding and listening to my concerns. Dr limbers was very professional and honest and my ankle surgery was a great success, his reception staff were amazing friendly and helpful. I would recommend Dr Limbers to anyone.
04:31 17 Dec 19
Dr Limbers performed a bilateral knee replacement on me six weeks ago. I cannot speak too highly of his professionalism and his excellent manner. I would always recommend him. Stewart Chantrey
06:19 15 Oct 19
A few months ago Dr Limbers completed my ankle surgery - he was, and continues to be, excellent. From the beginning he was open and clear about the process, he supported me through my surgery and continues to throughout my recovery. He is an excellent surgeon - if i ever have the need I would absolutely return to Dr Limbers.
00:59 14 Oct 19
Antoine de Carne
05:38 04 Oct 19
Doctor Limbers performed a total replacement of my right hip on the 14th August.I was home three days after the operation. The results are amazing. After limping and experiencing pain and discomfort for too long, I now walk normally, easily and pain free.
05:46 25 Sep 19
Dr John Limbers performed my husbands knee replacement surgery and our family cannot recommend him highly enough. Both him and his surgery staff have been brilliant in their communications during this procedure and Dr Limbers is a highly skilled surgeon with an outstanding level of care. We Have since referred many friends to John for treatment and all have been as equally satisfied and pleased with their results.
06:19 19 Sep 19
01:07 18 Sep 19
The staff at Dr Limbers place at Gosford are friendly. He looked after my right hip replacement and I was out of hospital in 4 days and had great movement by 2 weeks. I was 64 at the time. I liked the way he explained the details of the operation and the follow-up was good. I will be going back to John to have the other hip done down the track. John has a very professional manner, but he is busy and has rare lapses in his people skills just as I do. I go to him for his skill as a surgeon.
19:52 11 Sep 19
September 2019: just had my follow up for an achilles repair and I’m very happy with my progress. Dr. Limbers has helped me advance my recovery much quicker than expected by stitching up my achilles, and I’ve tested his work a couple of time with awkward falls.. I’m ahead of where I expected to be right now and very thankful for his excellent work. If you want a good surgeon who makes top notch repairs, can’t recommend Dr John Limbers enough!
09:56 10 Sep 19
I recently had my total hip replacement operation performed by Dr Limbers. Dr Limbers was very approachable and explained the operation very clearly before it was performed. The result was amazing - far beyond my expectations. He managed my post-op care to such an extent that I was virtually pain-free. Two months post-op and I am now able to do many things that I was unable to do before the operation. Before the operation, I had difficulty walking at times because of the pain. I am now completely pain-free. I chose Dr Limbers as my surgeon because of the excellent recommendations I had received from previous patients. I was not disappointed.
00:53 01 Aug 19
I didn't get a chance to speak to the Doctor, however the secretary was very rude and abrupt. I am in the extremely difficult situation and was seeking an urgent assistance from the Doctor, however the same secretary tried to mislead me saying the Doctor doesn't work with the Public patients and it was obvious lie, then she was trying to talk over me without giving me a chance to say a word and after completing her monolog she just, without the warning, hang up the phone. I hope the Doctor has more manners and he is more professional than his staff.
02:35 22 Mar 19
Absolutely zero people skills, had no interest in helping just wanted to move me on to the next patient after I waited 6 months for the appointment.
03:45 11 Jul 18
07:13 01 May 18
Exceptionally skilled surgeon. And beautiful manner. Thank you!
23:11 03 Apr 18
Called, they asked for all my details.. name, DOB, injury, etc. Was then made to email my referral letter then waited TWO WEEKS for them to call me back to actually make an appointment. When I called to ask about it in between I was just told that I would be called back "once I"m in the system".Then at the time of call back I was then told it would be a FOUR MONTH wait to get that appointment.. no mention of this wait was given at my first call. I was politely asked to bring any scans with me... those scans would then be four months out of date.. and they cost $250.. so I would no doubt need new scans at that time as well. I waited two weeks with an ankle I can't walk on properly, during which time I could have gone back to my GP and found a more available doctor. No sympathy or comments whatsoever from the receptionist that this was not logical, no apology for the time I waited to hear back, no apology that they didn't tell me about the wait on my first call. I expect the doctor is very good, but I will never know, because I can't get in to see him. He should fire all his reception staff at least.