Robotic surgery enhances the precision and reliability of joint replacement surgical procedures, ensuring faster recovery of patients. Robotic hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed by highly trained and experienced surgeons using an advanced robotic arm that provides real-time visual, auditory, and haptic feedback. The surgeon is an expert at controlling the robotic arm and can change the pre-surgical plan depending on what is deemed necessary and in the patient's best interest. Robotic hip and knee surgeries allow for greater ease when performing complex procedures.
There are countless advantages patients can experience using robot-assisted hip and knee replacement surgery, including few complications, faster recovery times, and shorter hospital stays. The precise placement of implants allows tendons, ligaments, and muscles around the joint to function more normally with better longevity. Some of the essential benefits of having robotic surgery:
- Fewer Surgical Complications: There are fewer risks of surgical complications, such as postsurgical infections and bleeding, due to the minimally invasive nature of robotic surgery.
- Less Surgical Scarring: Surgery can be performed through small incisions, which results in smaller scar formation and faster healing times.
- More Precision: Improved implant function and longevity over time due to placement precision and computer guidance, and robotic arm assistance.
- Reduced Blood Loss: Small incisions and less tissue trauma; the surgeon also has better visualization due to high-definition cameras used in robotic surgery, which contributes to reduced blood loss.
- Faster Recovery: A quicker recovery and return to routine activities of daily living are to be expected with robotic surgery.
- Better Surgical Outcomes: The patient's natural anatomy is reproduced with precise placement of implants. Using robotics allows the joint's tendons, ligaments, and muscles to function more normally. Patients are thus able to recover quickly and return to their desired activities.
During this last decade, robotic assisted joint replacement has expanded significantly to alleviating painful symptoms, improving mobility, and offering greater patient satisfaction. The robotic surgery field is expanding, helping more surgeons achieve and maintain a high level of precision during surgery and better patient outcomes in joint replacement.
If you suffer from chronic pain, loss of mobility and stiffness that does not seem to improve with conservative nonsurgical treatments, book an appointment with the experts at Hinsdale Orthopaedics to find out if you might be a candidate for robotic surgery.
Author: Dr. Andrew Ehmke is a fellowship trained joint replacement surgeon specializing in minimally invasive robotic hip and knee replacement in Chicagoland and NW Indiana.