The familiar pain that hits you with each step is getting worse and worse, and you’re trying to decide whether the recovery from surgery would be worth it to resolve this pain.
Whether you are in pain due to an old injury, or osteoarthritis is starting to take its toll on your joints, you may be considering knee surgery to help achieve some relief. You may have heard about some of the benefits of robotic knee surgery and wonder if it’s right for you.
If you are indeed a candidate for robotic surgery, it might make the process of knee surgery easier and your recovery time shorter. Below, we discuss why.
What Are the Benefits of Robotic Knee Surgery?
Knee surgery using robotic technology may sound like it’s something from a science fiction movie, but it is actually changing the landscape of orthopedic surgery.
Giving you an alternative to a total knee replacement, which could take months to recover from, robotic-technology knee surgery is minimally invasive and requires a much shorter recovery time. The state-of-the-art robotic surgical equipment allows your surgeon to be as precise as possible during the surgery, eliminating normal slight jitter of the surgeon’s hands and ensuring total control.
Who Can Get Robot-Assisted Knee Surgery?
First, your doctor would have to decide whether you are a good candidate for robotic knee surgery based on your age, diet, lifestyle, the severity of your joint damage, etc. Patients who have osteoarthritis may be good candidates for robotic knee surgery if their condition hasn’t progressed too extensively.
If the swelling, stiffness, and pain around your knee have become so bad that you can no longer take part in regular exercise and activities, be sure to tell your doctor that. If you find that anti-inflammatory medicines and physical therapy are no longer alleviating your pain or swelling, you might be ready for surgery.
How Robotic Surgery Is Performed on the Knee
After extensive scans and 3-D modeling, your robotic knee surgery can be transformed from an idea into a reality. The surgery itself is performed by a surgeon – not by an actual robot! – but with the help of robotic technology.
With this help, the robotic component can keep the approach minimally invasive, spare good tissue, reduce the amount of blood loss during the surgery, and reduce damage to adjacent organs and systems.
All of those factors will help keep your recovery time shorter and offer an easier healing process as compared with traditional surgery.
Who Can Help with My Knee Pain?
If you have exhausted all other steps and options for achieving pain relief in your knee, hip, wrist, or shoulder, talk to the experts at Movement Orthopedics today about your candidacy for robotic surgery or other joint treatment. We will discuss with you all of your options, from medications to therapy, from minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery to traditional orthopedic surgery.
Contact the caring team at Movement Orthopedics today to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Jeffrey Carroll. Dr. Carroll is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with years of success in helping patients get back to their regular activities – with as much post-surgery downtime as possible. We also have skilled nurse practitioners on our staff who specialize in orthopedic conditions.
To schedule your appointment, call us at (586) 436-3785 or complete our online appointment request form today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you enjoy a more pain-free, active lifestyle.