Robotic-assisted knee replacement surgeries are a major step in orthopaedics, bring about excellent customization and efficacy. The state-of-the-art procedure is performed by an extremely trained surgeon who controls the robotic arm with the guidance of the 3D model and lastly fixes the implant in the precise location of the joint, without damaging or sculpting healthy bone and tissue.
Currently, the Mako® system or MAKOplasty® is the robotic knee replacement approach utilized. With this, experts call for an extended training of upcoming orthopaedic surgeons in order to provide this treatment worldwide.
Advantages of Robot-Assisted Orthopaedic Procedures
Patients who have so far undergone the procedure confirm of the procedure’s quickness and friendly nature compared to the traditional knee replacement procedures. In addition, patients have to bear less pain after the surgery.
Precision and accuracy– Much as orthopaedic doctors are trained for the procedures, they currently rave about the technique’s accuracy. It generally doubles the results, eliminating any possible mistake.
No bone and tissue loss– since the robotic arm sculpts the required knee locations under the surgeon’s guidance, there is literally no room for bone wastage.
Excellent alignment– Having sculpted the joint, the surgeon is able to fit the implant in the exact position for better performance and reliability.
Excellent customization– The procedure is generally planned and conducted accurately as planned by the orthopaedic surgeon. There are better outcomes as the selected implant and the robotic approach improves the entire knee replacement procedure.
Traditional Knee surgical approach VS the Robotic-Assisted Knee Surgical approach
Generally, the traditional knee replacement surgery takes at least 2 and a half hours, but with the robotic surgical approach, the surgery is finalized with one and a half hours.
The traditional surgical approaches also require large incisions which generally increases pain and prolongs the recovery period. However, with the latest approach, a smaller incision is required and the risk of bleeding is extremely reduced.
With this latest approach, patients’ worries over a knee replacement surgery are generally reduced as the so far realized outcomes are much friendly when compared to the traditional knee replacement surgery.
With this younger and older patients should expect maximum precision, walking right after the surgery, and a convenient post-operative period.
Orthopaedic experts emphasize the need for physiotherapy as some patients may forego it, believing that the robot-assisted surgery alone is all that matters.
This grand breakthrough doesn’t only benefit patients, but a significant step in the orthopaedic field.