New Knees, Please

Knee replacement surgery that’s a real game changer.

Is chronic knee pain slowing you down? If nonsurgical treatments aren’t providing adequate relief, it’s probably time to explore full or partial knee replacement surgery with an orthopedic surgeon. Knee replacements are often performed using minimally invasive techniques if you are a good candidate, and with surgical innovations that include robotic and computer-assisted knee surgery available, there’s no better time than now.

Full and partial knee replacement, which requires a high degree of precision and proper alignment, can especially benefit from the use of robotic-assisted surgery technology. It helps doctors perform complex procedures with greater surgical precision and control, improved dexterity, and enhanced visualization over conventional techniques. Ultimately, this can lead to improved knee implant fit and alignment, resulting in better patient outcomes and longer-lasting, more functional knees.

What will robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery involve and when will it be available? While new generation robotic technologies are being developed for many types of surgery, including orthopedic surgery, doctors that specialize in the latest surgical techniques are currently using robotic and computer-assisted technology for full and partial knee replacement.

Today, robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery involves taking a CT scan of your knee and generating a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This virtual model, loaded into the robotic system software, is used to create a personalized pre-operative plan for each patient with a predefined 3D “envelope” of space within which the surgeon works. During the procedure, the surgeon guides the programmed robotic arm to precisely shape the surrounding bone before placing the implant. The technology provides real time feedback and data to assist the surgeon in making fine-tuned adjustments to the implant placement intraoperatively, so they may more accurately determine the optimal implant placement for each individual patient. Additionally, real time video images provide visual reinforcement which helps surgeons navigate hard-to-see areas.

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery

• More accurate implant positioning/placement, which can result in a more natural feeling after surgery

• Reduced risk of injury to adjacent tissues

• Small incisions, which can mean a quicker recovery, a shorter hospitalization and less pain

• The potential for better long-term function, increased longevity of the implantIt’s time to break free from knee pain and start enjoying a more active, fulfilling lifestyle again.

Find out if you’re a good candidate for full or partial knee replacement, and whether customized robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery is right for you. And remember, as with all surgical procedures, it is imperative to choose a reputable, trusted surgeon with a proven track record performing knee replacement surgery.

By Annette Brooks

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