Robotic Knee Replacement
Knee replacement surgery involves the removal of diseased parts of the knee joint and replacing the damaged bone and cartilage with artificial components. During the surgery, the surgeon must reshape the thighbone and the shinbone to accommodate the implants. This is all accomplished by hand. Then the implants are inserted into the knee joint and secured in place with cement or other materials. Robotic-assisted knee replacement offers greater precision for a better implant fit and alignment. The robot customizes implant positioning to each patient’s anatomy.
Robotic knee replacement surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses advanced technology to assist the surgeon in performing knee replacement surgery. It involves the use of a robotic arm to help guide the surgeon in planning, preparing and positioning the implants in the knee joint.
During the surgery, the patient’s knee is first imaged using a CT scan or MRI. This information is used to create a 3D model of the knee joint. The surgeon uses this model to plan the surgery and customize the surgery including the size and position of the implants all based on the patient’s unique anatomy.
Once the surgery begins, the robotic arm is used to help guide the surgeon in preparing the bone and positioning the implant. The robotic arm is equipped with sensors that allow it to detect the position and movement of the surgical instruments, as well as the bone and soft tissues in the knee joint. This provides the surgeon with real-time feedback and enhanced visualization of the surgical site. The robotic arm helps to guide the surgical instruments with precision, making smaller and more accurate incisions.
The surgeon uses a specialized controller to maneuver the robotic arm, which allows for precise positioning and alignment of the implants. This can result in a more accurate and personalized fit for the patient, potentially leading to better outcomes and faster recovery times.
Robotic knee replacement surgery has several potential benefits over traditional knee replacement surgery, including:
- Increased precision: The robotic arm allows for more precise placement and alignment of the implant components, which can result in better outcomes and a longer-lasting joint replacement.
- Customized implant positioning: The 3D modeling system allows for customized implant positioning based on the patient’s unique anatomy, which can improve the fit and function of the new joint.
- Smaller incisions: The smaller incisions used in robotic surgery can result in less scarring, less pain, and a faster recovery time.
- Reduced blood loss: The robotic arm can help to minimize blood loss which reduces the need for blood transfusions.
- Reduced risk of complications: The precise nature of robotic surgery can reduce the risk of infections and damage to surrounding tissues.
- More accurate sizing: Robotic surgery can more accurately size the implant components which can result in a better fit and greater joint stability.
They are the same as conventional knee replacement surgery, including infection, blood clots, nerve damage, implant failure, pain and stiffness.
It is important to discuss the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of the procedure with your LALL Orthopedics + surgeon to determine if robotic knee replacement surgery the best option for an individual’s specific needs and circumstances.
Robotic knee replacement surgery may be recommended for patients with certain types of knee conditions, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, who have not experienced relief from non-surgical treatments.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with robotic knee replacement surgery, including infection, blood clots, and nerve damage. However, robotic surgery may have certain benefits over traditional knee replacement surgery, such as smaller incisions, less tissue damage, and potentially faster recovery times.
When you or a loved one suffers with a knee injury that affect stability and function, contact LALL Orthopedics+ for world-class care, close to home. We have offices in Belvidere, Illinois, Paramus, New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Ajay C. Lall is a former dual sport NCAA collegiate athlete (football and track & field), American board certified, triple fellowship-trained expert orthopedic surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating knee injuries. He treats non-athletes and athletes at all levels of play from collegiate to professional to the Olympic level. Dr. Lall is a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon who cares for all patients like family. Contact LALL Orthopedics + to schedule a consultation, receive the correct diagnosis, and undergo state-of-the-art treatment options.
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Ajay C. Lall, MD, MS, FAAOS
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