Robotic Knee and Hip SurgeryMobile, AL
Along with expertise and professional skill are crucial to performing any surgery, the use of robotics to help with surgery can only enhance the overall process. People who need any level of hip or knee replacement surgery will need precision in order to gain the functionality of the specific body part without pain after the procedure. From scanning the area on the body for the surgery to the surgery itself, robotics can help increase the precision and overall results.
When people hear the term robotics, they may think of an assembly line in a factory or of a science-fiction style robot. Some people may think of the latest in artificial intelligence. However, robotics in surgery usually involves a computer-guided system that increases precision from beginning to end. To understand the role of robotics in knee and hip surgery, it is important to understand what happens during the surgical procedures.
Patients who struggle with osteoarthritis or other forms of pain in the hip and knee joints are most likely candidates for surgery. The goal with surgical treatment is to replace damaged bone and cartilage of the knee or hip. Over time, the cartilage can wear away and cause the bones meeting at the joint to scrape up against each other. This causes pain that only gets worse over time and impedes one’s daily functions. People will feel pain when walking, standing, going upstairs, sleeping and sitting.
Surgical treatment can remove the damaged parts of the bone and replace them with an implant that fits in the new space. This implant can consist of:
- Metal alloys
- High-grade plastics
- Polymer material
In order to enhance the implant process, the team at the practice of Matthew D. Barber, M.D. can use robotic surgery to improve the accuracy. By doing so, it is possible to create an implant that is an exact fit. This customization allows for a long-lasting treatment that has a lower chance of issues than traditional methods. While there will still be an adjustment period following the surgery, robotics can enhance every step of the process.
The Surgical Process
With robotic knee surgery or robotic hip surgery, we can conduct a computerized tomography scan to plan the exact amount of bone we will need to remove. We also can use 3D printer technology to produce the implant or material much more quickly than needing to send the blueprints to a lab. The robotic arm technology will also allow us to:
- Increase the accuracy when placing the implant to the max level
- Gain feedback that can help further enhance the accuracy of the surgery
- Ensure we achieve the orientation in the joint that the patient needs
Along with the precision of the robotic arm, our team has the knowledge and skill to efficiently operate this machinery. During the consultation before the surgery, we will review the process and answer any questions the patient has. While some patients believe that non-surgical at-home remedies are all they need, that is not always the case. By seeing a professional, patients can determine the most effective treatment.
During the surgery, the patient will be completely asleep through anesthesia. The surgery itself will probably take around two hours. During the procedure, we will remove the damaged bone or cartilage before placing the implant. After, we will make sure it is in place and stitch up the opening.
In some cases, the patient will need to remain in the hospital for a few days following the treatment to ensure there are no signs of infection. During this time, the patient will learn various exercises and stretches that can help to ease the patient back into using the joint. Once the patient returns home, he or she will continue the recovery for another few weeks before fully taking up regular activities again.
This way, the patient has enough time to adjust to the new joint and using it. Most importantly, the patient will notice the lack of pain in the specific joint. Our goal is to help the patient continue living life without the depilating pain that hinders movement in the specific joints. If the patient needs any follow-up appointments to ensure everything is going smoothly or has any concerns, then we are available to help. The patient merely needs to call and schedule an appointment.
If you or a loved one struggle with pain in the knee or hips, then consider robotic surgery. Our treatment can help to provide long-term relief instead of just numbing the pain. Call us to schedule an appointment today and begin the path toward healing.
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