Knee replacement surgeons and researchers around the globe are continuously working on advanced knee surgery procedures that provide long-lasting relief and short recovery for osteoarthritis patients.
Robotic knee replacement surgery which has been a front runner of these advanced knee surgery procedures has successfully established its efficacy in helping arthritis patients and can now be performed by trained and experienced knee replacement surgeons in Mumbai.
However there are plenty of doubts looming over this procedure, and this blog here we aim to clear the air with brief information on the robotic knee replacements [procedures. Read on:
Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery:
Robotic knee replacement surgery is a short form of robot-assisted knee surgery. And as the name suggests, in a robot-assisted knee replacement surgery, the surgeon takes the help of a custom-designed robot to plan and execute the knee replacement surgery with a far greater degree of accuracy and precision.
Conventional Knee Replacement Surgery vs Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery:
Every knee replacement starts with recreating the anatomy of the patient’s normal knee to assess and calculate the re-alignment after implantation of the knee joint. This first step of the knee replacement procedure is planning, where the knee replacement surgeon assesses the knee to plan and chart the process of getting back the knee to the normal position as the implantation is performed.
In regular knee replacement procedures, this alignment is calculated based on the population averages, which means a knee specialist tries to recreate the joint and its alignment as seen in an average healthy individual. Though the anatomy remains the same the alignment sometimes can vary which requires a customized alignment and implantation, which may not possible in convention knee replacement procedures. And this where the help of advanced medical robotics is sought in robotic knee replacement surgery.
Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery Procedure:
Using a CT scan of the patient’s knee as an input, the robot creates a 3D model of the knee to help plan the process. Specialized equipment is then used to help the robot locate and see the leg, knee joint and operation location. The robot takes this information to blend it with a knee replacement plan and directs the knee replacement surgeon through the real-time 3D modelled screen to accurately perform the surgery. The robot here makes sure that the tension between the ligaments and alignment and implantation of the knee is pitch-perfect based on its standard work-up and calculations performed for a specific patient.
Benefits of Robotic Knee Replacement Procedure:
Given they enable customized alignment and implantation specific to a patient’s anatomy, a Robotic-assisted knee replacement procedure allows a far greater degree of precision. This results in far less disturbance to natural tissue and bone paving a way for better healing and shorter recovery time. While the traditional knee replacement surgery takes at least 4 to 6 weeks for an acceptable recovery, robot-assisted knee replacement cuts this long recovery time in half, according to knee specialists in Mumbai.
Who is the right candidate for robotic knee replacement surgery?
Every patient who is a candidate for traditional knee replacement surgery is also a right candidate for robotic knee replacement surgery. But it must be remembered that knee replacement surgery is always a last resort option recommended by knee replacement surgeon when all the other alternative treatment option fail to give relief.
If you are recommended traditional knee replacement surgeon and are looking for more information on robotic knee replacement surgery, you can contact Mumbai’s top joint replacement surgeon Dr Niraj Vora mail here: firstname.lastname@example.org