Robotic surgery is actually robot-assisted surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon is in control of everything the robot does.
How does robotic surgery work?
The West Tennessee Bone & Joint Institute surgeons use state-of-the-art robotic systems to perform surgery without a preoperative CT or MRI.
In the past, a pre-op CT scan was important for precision during surgery, but just one CT gives you radiation exposure equivalent to 48 chest X-rays.
Instead, your doctor compiles anatomical information during your surgery to assemble a 3D joint model. This information helps your orthopedic surgeon determine the right place to situate your joint replacement for maximum balance, flexion, and alignment.
What are the benefits of robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery is extremely beneficial for total or partial joint replacement patients. It gives you:
- Shorter recovery
- Less time in the hospital
- Less pain during recovery
- Better implant longevity due to improved positioning
- More natural-feeling joint replacement
- Reduced risk of complications
If you’re a good candidate for joint replacement, robotic surgery is often the best way to get your new hip or knee.
Am I a good candidate for robotic joint replacement?
The West Tennessee Bone & Joint Institute team evaluates your needs individually to determine whether you’re a good candidate for robotic joint replacement surgery. Some general guidelines include:
Knee replacement: You could be a good candidate for robotic knee replacement if you have early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, or mid- to late-stage osteoarthritis in one or more knee compartments.
Hip replacement: You could be a good candidate for robotic hip replacement surgery if you have severe hip joint wear-and-tear or damage from injury or osteoarthritis.
Patients generally try other nonsurgical care like physical therapy before they proceed with robotic joint replacement. If your joint pain, stiffness, and range-of-motion problems still prevent you from being active, robotic joint replacement is a good option.
Learn how robotic surgery can restore your joint and keep you active by calling West Tennessee Bone & Joint Institute or booking through online scheduling now.