Robotic-Assisted Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery at Memorial
What is Robotic-Assisted Surgery?
Robotic-assisted Total Knee Replacement is an alternative to the traditional knee replacement surgery that uses robotic arm technology to help the surgeon perform a total knee replacement procedure.
In knee replacement surgery, the arthritic portion of the knee is removed and covered with a combination of plastic and metal parts that form the new surfaces of the knee joint. During robotic total knee replacement, surgeons use computed tomography (CT) scans to build a virtual model of the patient’s knee. With that model as guide, the surgeon then uses the robotic arm to embed the components of the new knee precisely.
Who Would Benefit From Robotic-Assisted surgery?
If you are suffering from constant knee pain, don’t let it interfere with your daily life. Speak with a Memorial orthopedic surgeon, who can determine if you’re a candidate for the surgery, based on your history, exam, and X-rays.
Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery
Robotic-assisted orthopedic surgery makes it possible to complete certain procedures with an exceptionally high level of precision. For instance, robot-assisted technologies can help surgeons selectively target damaged cartilage and bone, in turn reducing the impact to healthy bone tissues and surrounding ligaments. Benefits of robotic-assisted orthopedic surgery may include:
- Improved surgical outcomes
- More precise implant placement
- Smaller incision
- Quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay*
- Less postoperative pain*
- Less postoperative therapy required*
- Less implant wear and tear
- Faster return to activities
*As compared to standard orthopedic surgery
What to Expect
Before the procedure, surgeons capture digital computed tomography (CT) scans of your knee. This data allows surgeons to determine where to place the knee implant.
During the procedure, the surgeon uses the robotic arm to precisely shape the surrounding bone before placing the implant. Real-time video images provide visual reinforcement, which helps surgeons navigate hard-to-see areas.
At the same time, the system uses the CT image data to create a predefined, three-dimensional “envelope” of space in which the surgeon works. The robotic arm will only operate in that predefined space, so there is no chance of an instrument slipping and injuring adjacent tissues.
Our Robotic Technology
Stryker Mako® Robotic Arm
Stryker Mako robot-assisted surgery for joint replacement provides the most precise partial knee, total knee, and total hip replacements using the Stryker Mako® Robotic Arm.
Using the robotic arm, our surgeons can plan, personalize and perform these operations with incredible accuracy.
The Stryker Mako® Robotic Arm uses advanced 3D modeling to map the anatomy of your knee and create a detailed individual plan for your operation. It operates within a fraction of a millimeter and the software provides a visual path for our surgeon while using tactile resistance to prevent movement outside of the planned boundaries. This precision preserves bone and tissue, helping to reduce post-operative pain and recovery time.
Zimmer Biomet’s ROSA® Knee System
Zimmer Biomet’s ROSA® Knee System is a robot-assisted surgery designed to improve the outcomes of knee replacement. Unlike traditional knee replacement methods, with ROSA Knee, x-rays are used to create a 3d model of your knee’s anatomy. This model enables our surgeons to plan personalize the specifics of your knee replacement prior to your surgery.
During surgery, data provided by ROSA during assists with complex decision-making and enables our surgeons to use software to control and move surgical instruments. allowing for greater precision and flexibility during procedures, resulting in quicker recovery times.
Start Your Recovery Journey Today
Contact one of the below Orthopedic Surgeons from Memorial to get started today.