As more joint replacement surgeries are being performed than ever before, advances in technology and surgical techniques are helping doctors and patients alike. Robotic-assisted hip and knee joint replacements are an example of this.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
The benefits of robotic-assisted surgery are great. It offers doctors greater precision, control, and dexterity than could ever be accomplished by the human hand alone.
Patient outcomes are superior, as well – joint replacements fit better and last longer with the precision placement of custom-made implants into a patient’s uniquely shaped and positioned joint.
Because robotic-assisted surgery often involves tiny incisions, this also provides patients with all the benefits of minimally invasive surgery: less pain and scarring, and faster post-op recovery.
How Robotic Surgery Works
The most important thing to know is that your surgeon remains in complete control during a robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery.
Before surgery, 3D imaging captures the unique shape of your hip or knee joint. This ensures 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 your body during surgery. The plan contains computerized mapping that will serve as a guide during surgery.
During surgery, a robotic arm controlled by your surgeon follows the guidance of the surgical plan mapping to precisely position tiny tools in the right place inside the joint.
There is no room for human error with the use of the robotic arm: it doesn’t get tired, can perform repetitive movements without error, and can easily be moved in all directions within very small spaces, unlike a human hand.
Is Robotic Surgery Right For You?
If you are a good candidate for a joint replacement surgery, chances are that you are a good candidate for surgery performed with robotic assistance. That’s because if you are cleared to undergo surgery, the robotic-assisted version simply offers greater accuracy.
There are risks associated with any type of surgery, but generally speaking, robotic-assisted procedures provide nothing but advantages for doctors and patients.
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Robotic Surgery for Hip & Knee Replacements in Naples, FL
Dr. H. Kurtis Biggs, founder and hip and knee joint replacement specialist at the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples, Florida, has 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 (239) 261-2663 or request a consultation with Dr. Biggs now.