Orthopedic surgeons who specialize in joint replacement are some of the most skilled and well-trained professionals in the medical field, and arguably in the whole world. With technology always evolving within the medical field, surgically or treatment wise, orthopedists along with state-of-the-art equipment and technology offers their patients a winning combination of personalized treatment, and most importantly more successful outcomes, allowing them to get back on their feet and enjoy an active and pain-free life.
Today, robotic-assisted surgery improves joint replacement outcomes. In other words, robotic technology has led to more outpatient procedures. For patients to be able to go home on the same day as their surgery, advancements had to develop with multiple aspects, including technology, surgical techniques, patient education, patient pre-op preparation, discharge process, the way anesthesia is administered, etc. Making joint replacement a minimally-invasive procedure with technology such as da Vinci robotics has drastically improved patient health, and led to fewer hospital readmissions and shorter stays. This also means that patients experience a faster recovery and may experience a lower risk of complications.
Joint replacement surgery can often be an invasive procedure. Utilizing robotic technology during joint replacement allows your orthopedic surgeon to get a closer look at the knee’s inner structure, to assess the joint and the surrounding tissues before surgery. The surgeon is able to treat the injury or condition surrounding the joint, preserving the healthy tissues more accurately. They are able to create a customized plan for carrying out your knee replacement procedure, and treatment afterward.
The procedure begins with having the patient get a computed tomography (CT) scan of the affected knee joint area. Using the digital data from the CT scan, the surgeon uses the robotic technology software to generate a 3D (three-dimensional model) of the knee joint. As each person and their knee anatomy is different, this robotic technology allows the surgeon to really focus on each patient’s specific knee, and treat it accordingly. Once in the surgical suite, the surgeon controls the robotic arms, and using the 3D scan of the joint and real-time video imaging with ultrasound-guided technology, guides the arm to position the implant in the correct location.
A strong rehabilitation program is critical to the success of your joint replacement. The surgeon will strongly recommend that you continue your physical therapy and rehabilitation, to help you recover and return to your everyday activities as quickly as possible. This will also help improve overall health and quality of life. Communication and post-operative support are also imperative to a successful outcome. Your doctor will discuss all details, pre- and post-op, with you during your joint replacement consultation. As joint replacement therapy may not be the right choice for everyone, eligible patients should take advantage of it.
For increased mobility, reduced pain, reduced risk of complications and a shorter overall healing time, consider robotic-assisted technology for your upcoming knee replacement surgery. Call Movement Orthopedics at (586) 436-3785 to request an appointment, or request one online. Learn how robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery can change your life.