Robotic Assisted Total Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement is one of the most successful procedures performed almost one million times each year. Ortho Illinois’s fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons have invested in special training to provide customized knee replacements using robotic and computer-assisted knee replacements.
Robotic assisted total knee replacement is state – of – the art technology that adds a layer of precision to improve implant positioning, alignment and soft tissue preservation. It is important to understand that your Ortho Illinois orthopedic surgeon may be performing the surgery with the assistance of robotics.
What is a robotic total knee replacement?
Robotic total knee replacement is a surgical procedure that uses robotic technology to assist your Ortho Illinois orthopedic surgeon in performing a total knee replacement. This procedure involves the replacement of the damaged or worn-out knee joint with an artificial joint made of metal and plastic components.
How does the robotic total knee replacement work?
The surgeon uses a robotic system to create a 3D model of the patient’s knee joint, which helps guide the surgical instruments during the procedure. It also provides real-time feedback to the surgeon on the position and alignment of the implants, which can help improve the accuracy and precision of the surgery.
What are the benefits of robotic total knee replacement?
The benefits of robotic total knee replacement include:
- Improved accuracy: The robotic system can help improve the accuracy and precision of the surgery, which may lead to better outcomes and fewer complications.
- Personalized approach: The robotic system enhances the surgeon’s preoperative planning, allowing the surgeon to create a 3D model of the patient’s knee joint, which can be used to personalize the surgical plan to the patient’s individual needs.
- Less pain: The more precise and accurate placement of the implants can lead to less trauma to the surrounding tissues, which can result in less pain and a faster recovery.
- Shorter hospital stay: Patients who undergo robotic total knee replacement surgery may have a shorter hospital stay compared to traditional knee replacement surgery.
- Faster recovery: Robotic total knee replacement may lead to a faster recovery time and less pain compared to traditional knee replacement surgery.
- Reduced risk of complications: Robotic total knee replacement may reduce the risk of complications such as implant misalignment, which can lead to a shorter lifespan of the implant.
It’s important to note that robotic total knee replacement is not suitable for everyone. Your Ortho Illinois orthopedic surgeon will determine whether it is a suitable option for your individual needs.
Who is a good candidate for a robotic total knee replacement?
A good candidate for robotic total knee replacement typically has severe knee pain and/or disability due to conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or a knee injury. It may be considered when other conservative treatments such as physical therapy, medication, or injections have not provided adequate relief.
The decision to undergo robotic total knee replacement will depend on several factors, including the patient’s age, health status, the severity of their knee condition, and the equipment available at the facility in which the procedure will take place.
Some specific factors that may make a patient a good candidate for robotic total knee replacement include:
- Advanced arthritis: Patients with advanced arthritis who have not responded to non-surgical treatments such as medication or physical therapy may be good candidates for robotic total knee replacement.
- Age: Patients of any age may be considered for robotic total knee replacement, although the procedure is most commonly performed on patients over the age of 50.
- Health status: Patients who are in good overall health and do not have significant medical conditions that would increase the risk of complications may be good candidates for robotic total knee replacement.
- Realistic expectations: Patients who have realistic expectations for the surgery and the recovery process may be good candidates for robotic total knee replacement. It’s important to understand that the procedure is not a cure for knee problems and that recovery can take several weeks or months.
- Active lifestyle: Patients who are physically active and want to return to activities such as walking, hiking, or sports may benefit from robotic total knee replacement.
Ultimately, the decision to undergo robotic total knee replacement should be made in consultation with your Ortho Illinois orthopedic surgeon who can assess each patient’s individual situation and recommend the most appropriate treatment options for their needs.
At Orthro Illinois we strive to deliver the best patient experience including enhanced safety, quality and care. Contact us to discover how you or a loved one can benefit from our focus on precise, personalized care.
Ortho Illinois serves the Northern Illinois region in multi-specialty orthopedics from offices in Rockford, Elgin, McHenry, and Algonquin, Illinois and offers a full range of bone and joint care including the additional specialties of podiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational health, rheumatology, and chiropractic. Ortho Illinois offers the ancillary services of physical therapy, MRI, and an out-patient surgery center.