Knee replacement surgery has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Now, patients have the option to undergo robotic knee replacements, known to be more precise than traditional methods. However, many patients are, understandably, unsure about the procedure.
So, what is a robotic knee replacement and is it safe? Here’s 3 things you may not know about robotic knee replacements.
The surgery isn’t carried out by a robot
The notion that the robot is the one conducting the operation is a common misconception. The term ‘robotic arm assisted’ gives a more accurate description of its role. This high-precision tool is merely an extension of the surgeon’s capabilities.
Utilising data from an advanced CT scan of your leg, a computer assists in preparing the incisions. However, it’s the surgeon who is in control throughout the process, guided by a ‘haptic feedback’ system that signals if they are straying from the planned incisions.
Faster recovery times
One major advantage of the robotic procedure is its faster recovery times. There is a considerable amount of evidence supporting its effectiveness in shortening the recovery period.
Multiple studies have shown that the enhanced precision of robotic-arm incisions results in less tissue damage, promoting a more efficient recovery. Research shows enhanced rehabilitation and earlier hospital discharges are experienced by those who undergo robotic knee replacement surgery.
The shorter recovery times are especially beneficial for athletes looking to get back to sport as quickly as possible.
Robotic knee replacements aren’t new
Many people believe robotic knee replacements are a recent development. In fact, they were developed two decades ago. Since then, over a million procedures worldwide have been conducted, leading to roughly 330 peer-reviewed studies on its effectiveness. So, if you’re apprehensive about undergoing the procedure because it is new, rest assured it is a tried and tested method renowned for its safety, effectiveness, and natural results.
Knee replacement technology has changed dramatically over the past decade, moving from traditional surgery to advanced robotic-assisted operations. The benefits are backed by extensive scientific research and include more precise incisions, reduced tissue damage, and faster recovery times.
If you’re interested in undergoing a robotic knee replacement, don’t let uncertainty keep you in the dark. Take the next step by booking an appointment with Mr Jonathan Webb. He will help determine whether a robotic knee replacement is the perfect fit for you, and help you move towards a pain-free, more active life.