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Robotic Hip Replacement 101

The Evolution of Hip Replacement Surgery: Embracing Robotic Assistance with MAKO from Stryker

Since the first total hip replacement was performed in 1891, research has developed from perfecting this surgical technique to advances in technology (with respects to both prosthesis design and materials). 

Today, we have a reproducible methodology that provides a good range of motion, stability, adequate life span of the implant, and most importantly, an improved quality of life.

Hip replacement was a true game changer in the medical field, providing relief and a more pain-free life for countless individuals suffering from hip joint problems. The evolution of the procedure took a significant leap forward with the introduction of robotic assistance in the 1980s. 

Experienced Vero Beach orthopedic surgeon Dr. Omar Hussamy now uses the most state-of-the-art MAKO robotic system to perform precise, effective partial and total hip replacements.

 

 Doctors perfomring robotic hip replacement

Understanding Robotic Hip Replacement.

Robotic hip replacement is a surgical procedure where Dr. Hussamy uses a robotic system to assist in performing these types of delicate surgeries. It uses 3-dimensional computer imaging and real-time feedback to assist him in planning and performing both total and partial hip replacements.

 

The MAKO System by Stryker

The MAKO system employs a robotic arm, which is guided by Dr. Hussamy, and provides tactile feedback to prevent him from moving outside of the predefined area. This allows for a high degree of precision in removing diseased or deteriorating bone and placing the hip implant.

This system integrates robotic technology with surgical expertise. It uses advanced software to pre-plan the surgery based on a CT scan of the patient’s hip, offering customized planning and execution. 

 

You May Have Asked Yourself, “How Do I Know I Need a Hip Replacement?”

Identifying the need for a hip replacement typically involves understanding the symptoms and underlying conditions causing hip pain and dysfunction. Common indicators include persistent or recurring pain, stiffness, and difficulty performing everyday activities. 

 

Future patient in need of robotic hip replacement

 

Common Reasons for Hip Replacement:

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis are common culprits that lead to the deterioration of the hip joint. 

 

Osteonecrosis

This condition results from inadequate blood supply to the ball portion of the hip joint, leading to the death of bone tissue and eventual joint collapse.

 

Tumors

Hip tumors can destroy the joint tissue, making hip replacement necessary to restore mobility and improve quality of life.

 

Doctor explianing how robotic hip replacement works with visual models

The Pros and Cons of Robotic Hip Replacement Surgery

The pros are many and include:

Increased Precision

Robotic systems provide Dr. Hussamy with a higher level of accuracy in cutting and positioning the hip joint, which can lead to better outcomes and a longer lifespan for the implant.

Reduced Trauma to the Surrounding Tissue

The precision of robotic systems minimizes the damage to surrounding muscles and tissues.

Potential for Faster Recovery

The minimally invasive nature of the procedure can lead to shorter hospital stays and quicker rehabilitation.

There are few cons related to robotic hip replacement when compared to conventional surgical methods. The biggest is availability as not all hospitals have access to these robotic systems like Dr. Hussamy does. He performs hip replacements at Grove Place Surgery Center and Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, and HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital in Fort Pierce.

 

Doctors office

 

Robotic-Assisted Hip Replacement Using Technologies like MAKO and Stryker Represent a Significant Advancement in Orthopedic Surgery 

The integration of robotics in hip replacement surgeries is a testament to the remarkable strides in medical technology, aiming to provide patients with safer, more effective, and personalized surgical experiences. As this technology continues to evolve, it holds the promise of further enhancing patient outcomes and improving quality of life for the 450,000 patients who undergo hip replacement surgery in the U.S. each year.

To determine if you’re a good candidate for robotic-assisted hip replacement, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hussamy today. To learn more visit our website at www.HussamyOrtho.com.

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