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Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery Replacement: What to Expect

Even though we conduct surgeries such as the robotic knee replacement surgery every day in the practice of Omar D. Hussamy, MD, we understand that from your perspective it can be a daunting prospect. Here we’ll address your concerns about the surgery and arm you with the information you need to take this important next step toward pain-free mobility.

The advent of robotic technology in the field of joint replacement surgery has opened up new avenues for precision, recovery, and overall patient outcomes. Here, we explain what robotic knee replacement surgery entails and the 5 critical things you should know about this cutting-edge procedure.

What is robotic knee replacement?

Robotic knee replacement, or robotic-assisted arthroplasty, is a technique where Dr. Hussamy uses a robotic arm to achieve greater precision during surgery. In fact, robotic knee replacement surgery is available at all 3 of our surgery centers in Vero Beach and Fort Pierce.

Unlike traditional methods, this advanced approach involves the use of a robotic arm that assists in planning and performing the surgery to replace parts of the knee joint with artificial components. This technology allows for meticulous accuracy, which is crucial for the alignment and longevity of the knee implant.

What happens during robotic knee replacement surgery?

Orthopedic surgeon explaining process to patient

The procedure begins with a CT scan of your knee, which is used to generate a detailed 3D model. This model aids in creating a personalized pre-operation plan. During the surgery, Dr. Hussamy uses the robotic arm to guide the instruments according to the predefined plan. The robotic system provides real-time feedback, allowing for adjustments to be made if necessary, ensuring the implant fits perfectly and aligns correctly with the surrounding structures of the knee.

5 things you need to know about robotic knee replacement surgery

Doctor demonstrating Knee surgery Model

1. Surgeons perform the surgery, not robots

It is essential to understand that the robotic system does not replace the expert hands of the surgeon. It is a tool that enhances a surgeon’s capabilities by providing greater precision and control. The decisions and surgical skill lie with the surgeon, who guides the robotic arm throughout the procedures.

Dr. Hussamy uses the Intellijoint Surgical Navigation System to ensure the highest level of precision, improved outcomes, and quicker recoveries. With our experience and unending quest for the latest knowledge about medical advancements in robotic knee replacements surgery, we are confident this is one of the most exceptional robotic tools available.

2. Most candidates for knee replacements are candidates for robotic surgery

Almost anyone who is eligible for traditional knee replacement can consider the robotic option. This includes patients suffering from knee arthritis or other conditions or injuries that have damaged the knee joint.

3. Recovery can be faster after robotic knee replacement surgery

Due to the precision of the surgery, there is typically less tissue damage, which can lead to a quicker and less painful recovery compared to traditional knee replacement surgery. Most patients will notice an improvement in knee function and a decrease in pain shortly after the surgery.

4. Robotic knee replacements last longer

The accuracy provided by robotic assistance helps in aligning the knee components more precisely, which is crucial for the longevity of the joint. Better alignment means less wear and tear on the implant, potentially extending its life.

5. Robotic-assisted surgery is less invasive

Robotic knee replacement surgery generally allows for smaller incisions than those required in traditional surgery. This minimally invasive approach can result in less scarring and a lower risk of infection.

Pre- and post-operative physical therapy

Knee physical therapy

Physical therapy is a critical part of the journey, both before and after your robotic knee replacements. Pre-operative therapy, or “prehab,” aims to strengthen the muscles around your knee, preparing your body for surgery and making your recovery smoother. After surgery, post-operative physical therapy focuses on regaining mobility and strength, which is vital for a successful outcome. Typically, post-operative therapy begins a day after the surgery and continues for several weeks or months, depending on your progress.

There is comfort in knowing about the pros of robotic knee replacement surgery

Robotic knee replacement surgery is a transformative advancement in orthopedic surgery, and Dr. Hussamy and his staff will be with you every step of the way. It merges his surgical skills and decades of experience with the precision of modern technology, leading to enhanced outcomes.

If you’re considering knee replacement or are seeking a second opinion, be sure to discuss whether robotic-assisted surgery is right for you. Remember, the goal is to get back to your favorite activities with less pain and more mobility, and robotic knee replacement can be a viable step toward achieving that goal.

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