Despite the name, robotic knee replacement surgery is not performed by a robot. Rather, the surgeon utilizes this miraculous tool during surgery to perform better in the operating room. Robotic-assisted surgeries are becoming much more common for orthopedic procedures, especially knee replacement surgeries. The knee is a small area of the body so removing damaged tissue and inserting an implant requires extreme precision. The robotic arm allows for the steadiest hand to work in this small space and the result is a new and healthy joint.
Here are some of the benefits of robotic knee replacement:
- Better Accuracy and Precision
The surgical robotic arm helps to guide surgeons with enhanced accuracy and precision. Replacement parts will be inserted into the knee based on the patient’s unique anatomy allowing for straighter alignment and soft tissue balancing.
- Patient-Specific Customization
Everyone has variations in their knee anatomy and so pre-operative examinations are performed to construct a 3D visualization of a patient’s knee. This allows the surgeon to make a customized plan for the robotic knee replacement to ensure the best surgical outcome.
- Minimal Trauma
Robotic knee replacement is a minimally invasive surgery due to its use of small surgical incisions. Additionally, because robotic knee replacement involves precise surgical planning, there is a predetermined range to which the robotic arm is limited. This can avoid any unnecessary soft tissue damage.
- Quicker Recovery
As previously mentioned, robotic knee replacement surgery utilizes extreme precision, unique and pre-planned operative procedures, and small incisions. All of these benefits will help you to avoid post-operative complications allowing for a quicker recovery.
- Longer Life For Your Implant
Due to the precision of robotic surgery, robotic knee replacement can decrease the chances of implant failure or loosening. This will enable a longer life for the implant and lower the likelihood of revision surgery.
The benefits of robotic knee replacement are expansive. If you are considering knee replacement surgery, contact Dr. Metwally at the Advanced Joint Replacement Center to ask about robotic-assisted surgery today!
Dr. Yaser A. Metwally is board-certified by both the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He received his fellowship of Reconstructive Surgery from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and specializes in hip and knee replacement surgery.