Learn More About Our Robotic Knee and Hip Surgery
Contrary to what some may think, robotic surgery does not involve autonomous robots doing the surgery by themselves. Robotic surgery involves the use of robotics to aid the human surgeon in making the most precise moves possible to ensure optimal efficiency, maximum safety, and minimum invasiveness of the surgery. Read on to learn more about Matthew D. Barber’s specialized robotic surgery procedures.
What Is Robotic Surgery?
Think of the surgery robot as an advanced power tool. When working on a project using a power tool, the tool is doing the work, but you are controlling the tool. On its own, the power tool can do nothing. In your hands, the power tool makes the project you are working on easier, faster, and much more precise. In robot-assisted surgery, the robot is a "surgery power tool" that lets the surgeon do better and faster work with potentially fewer complications than if they did it by hand.
How Is Robotic Surgery Helpful for Knee and Hip Surgery?
The primary type of knee and hip surgery we do at The Practice of Matthew D. Barber, M.D. is to replace the worn-out cartilage in your knee or hips.
Cartilage is the cushion between your bones that stops them from rubbing against each other at the joints. As you age, this cartilage gets worn out, causing pain when you try to move around. We access your knee or hip and replace your worn-out cartilage with a new replacement implant.
Your doctor may recommend different types of implants depending on your unique situation and after taking into account your age, sex, medical history, and activity level. You may even choose a combination of different materials if your doctor deems it beneficial.
Each material has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. These advantages and disadvantages can have a significant impact on your health as you get older, so consult your doctor to learn more about how each type will affect your particular situation.
The Dr. Barber Surgery Process
1. First, we scan the area we are going to operate on to learn the exact details of how much bone and cartilage material we need to remove and the measurements we are going to need for the surgery and your future implant.
2. Next, we schedule a consultation with you to discuss your options, possible complications, and recovery plan. We'll also answer any questions you might have about the process. Then, if you deem the terms acceptable, we will schedule your appointment.
3. When the day for your procedure comes, you will receive anesthesia and begin the surgery. Typically, robot-assisted knee and hip surgeries will only an hour or so, depending on your specific situation.
4. After the surgery is completed, you will be monitored by recovery room staff for a few hours to ensure that you are medically stable.
5. Lastly, you will begin some physical therapy to help your joints recover from the surgery.
Once you have completed the entire process, you can begin to live your life free from unnecessary knee or hip pain. Now you can enjoy daily activities with a renewed sense of joy and comfort.
Are You Ready to Take Back Your Mobility?
Are you sick of not being able to enjoy the activities you used to do? Have you had enough of having to suffer just to do simple day-to-day tasks? Do you miss the old days when you could go about your day without pain even crossing your mind?
If you would like to learn more about our surgical process, you can give us a call or send us an email. We are located at 3610 Springhill Memorial Dr. N Suite C in Mobile, Alabama. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are tired of suffering pain every time you walk around, give The Practice of Matthew D. Barber, M.D. a call and let us set you free from debilitating knee or hip pain today.
While Dr. Barber focuses exclusively on the management of knee and hip problems with a focus on joint replacement procedures, he is proud to be a source of information for patients and has several specialist partners at ALABAMA ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC who are available to treat any orthopedic condition.