Robotic knee replacement surgery is the newest innovative technique in knee surgery. This option brings together precision and technology to give you results specified to your needs. The surgeons at CORE Orthopedics & Sports Medicine have advanced training to provide this new procedure to patients.
Who is a good candidate for robotic knee replacement surgery?
If you struggle with knee pain caused by osteoarthritis that has worn down your joints or if your joints are worn due to injuries or over-use, you may be a candidate for a full or partial knee replacement guided by robotics.
With the robotic innovation, the surgeon guides a robotic arm to more accurately perform your partial or total knee replacement.
Knee replacement surgeries are generally performed in the following three ways:
- Traditional Method: The surgeon makes a large incision on the knee and replaces the knee manually using standard surgery techniques.
- Minimally Invasive Method: The surgeon performs the surgery by making a small incision only a few inches long. The minimally invasive approach can lead to a quicker and less painful recovery and a more complete range of motion after recovery.
- Robotic Assisted Method: The surgeon uses minimally invasive techniques and advanced surgical technology. By using a robotic arm calibrated to your specific knee structure and condition, this approach can lead to a more accurate leg alignment, allowing for greater joint function.
How does the robotic knee replacement surgery work?
With robotic assisted knee replacements, the surgeon first takes a CT scan of your knee joint and then creates a computerized three-dimensional model of your joint. The images taken of your knee are programmed to the robotic arm software. This provides a surgical plan personalized to your exact knee anatomy.
During the procedure, your surgeon will prepare your joint for implantation by guiding the robotic arm along the planned path for removing damaged areas of the joint. The surgical techniques differ depending on whether you proceed with a partial or full knee replacement.
The key point for patients to understand is that even when the robot is used, it is your surgeon that is doing your surgery. The robot is only a tool that the surgeon uses to improve the precision of your pre-operative planning and accuracy of the placement of your implants during surgery.
What are the benefits of the robotic assisted surgery?
The robotic assisted knee replacement surgery allows for more accuracy in planning and positioning your implants during surgery. The 3D images of your knee joint help the surgeon determine a specific surgical plan. The surgeon can also plan the fit and alignment of your prosthetic before your surgery begins, which can help improve the accuracy of implant position and placement.
In surgery, the robotic arm allows for the more precise removal of damaged bone and cartilage. Coupled with an experienced surgeon, the robotic technology provides a reliable, accurate knee replacement that can lead to superior joint function and a more successful knee replacement surgery.
What is the recovery for a robotic knee replacement surgery?
After surgery, you typically stay in the hospital overnight, but may need to stay up to two or three days so our care team can monitor your recovery. You’ll meet with a physical therapist who will help you begin moving the joint soon after surgery — an important part of your recovery. You will continue physical therapy until your muscles have regained their strength and your joint has a good range of motion.
By using robotic surgical assistance, our doctors can provide you with a knee replacement tailored to your knee condition and anatomy. Through robotic knee replacement surgery, the surgeons at CORE Orthopedics & Sports Medicine focus on giving you a knee replacement that upholds the highest standard of care and technology.