With advances in technology, surgical techniques are becoming safer and much less invasive than conventional methods of surgery. Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery which uses advanced surgical techniques and cutting-edge technology to perform many types of procedures, including joint replacement.
Minimally invasive surgery is a complex medical procedure that uses specialized equipment and very small surgical instruments to pass through incisions that are often less than a few centimeters wide. Minimally invasive surgery offers patients many benefits, including fewer post-operative complications and a faster recovery.
Robotic-assisted surgery uses robotic systems to enhance the capabilities of the surgeon, giving greater precision, control, and dexterity than could ever be accomplished by the human hand alone. Following the guidance of surgical plan mapping, the robotic arm is controlled by the surgeon and allows maximum range of motion and the ability to precisely position tiny tools through very small incision sites. The surgeon remains in complete control during robotic-assisted surgery.
With the use of the robotic arm, there is no room for human error: it doesn’t get tired, it can perform repetitive movements without error, and has the added benefit that it can easily be moved in all directions within very small spaces – unlike a human hand. This is particularly useful for joint replacement surgery where space can be very limited.
Benefits Of Robotic Surgery for Joint Replacement
Before surgery, 3D imaging captures the unique shape of the joint to ensure that the prosthetic implant being created is an exact match for the joint components being replaced. It’s at this stage that a surgical plan is created, identifying exactly how the implant will need to be positioned into the body during surgery. The plan contains computerized mapping that will serve as a guide during surgery.
Using robotic surgery means patient outcomes are superior to conventional surgery, joint replacements fit better and last longer with the precise placement of custom-made implants into a patient’s uniquely shaped and positioned joint.
Because robotic-assisted surgery often involves tiny incisions and causes less trauma to surrounding tissue and muscle, it provides patients with all the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, including:
- Less blood loss and damage to healthy muscle and tissue
- Fewer complications and reduced risk of infection after surgery
- Reduced post-operative pain
- Fewer and smaller scars
- Shorter recovery period and quicker return to daily activities
Is Robotic Surgery The Right Choice?
Robotic surgery is considered very beneficial because it enhances precision, flexibility, and control during surgery compared to conventional techniques. It can also perform complex delicate procedures that are often considered difficult with other methods.
Robotic surgery isn’t an option for everyone. Your surgeon can talk with you about the benefits and risks of robotic surgery and how it compares with other techniques, based on your specific circumstance.
Robotic Surgery for Joint Replacements in Naples, Florida
At the Joint Replacement Institute, we have significant expertise in the use of innovative surgical techniques such as robotic-assisted surgery.
For more information about whether this procedure is right for you, call us today at (239) 261-2663. You can also request an appointment online. We look forward to serving you!