A recent trial carried out by the NHS in Newcastle has demonstrated the benefits of robotic knee replacement surgery. The study, involving over 100 patients, revealed improved accuracy, reduced post-operative pain, and shorter recovery times compared to traditional surgical methods.
As the first of its kind, this trial paves the way for wider adoption of robotic technology in knee replacement surgeries within the NHS.
Here, we look at the results of the trial, what robotic knee replacement surgery is, and whether it’s the right option for you.
Trial shows increased accuracy and reduced pain
The recent study followed more than 100 patients needing total knee replacements due to advanced arthritis. Results showed that robotic-assisted surgery significantly improves surgical accuracy; a crucial factor in ensuring the longevity and effectiveness of knee replacements.
Patients who underwent robotic-assisted surgery also reported experiencing less pain after the operation. This is largely due to the minimally invasive nature of the technique, which causes less disruption and damage to the surrounding tissues.
These findings suggest that robotic surgery could reduce the need for ongoing pain relief and potentially speed up the recovery process.
Now, a larger randomised study by the NHS is being conducted across the country into the effectiveness of robotic knee replacements.
What is robotic knee replacement surgery?
Robotic knee replacement surgery is the latest advancement in orthopaedic surgery. It combines traditional surgical techniques with advanced robotic technology.
Surgeons use a robotic arm to assist with the knee replacement, providing increased precision in cutting and positioning the implant. It improves the accuracy of bone cuts and implant placement, which are both critical factors that determine the success of the surgery.
This technology doesn’t replace the surgeon, but rather improves their capabilities. They plan the procedure using 3D models of the patient’s knee, then during surgery, the robotic system carries out the plan with high precision.
One of the best things about this approach is that it ensures each surgery is tailored to the unique anatomy of each patient. This can improve the outcome and the longevity of the knee implant.
Is robotic knee replacement surgery right for me?
Robotic knee replacement surgery is an ideal option for those with complex joint conditions, or who have previously had unsatisfactory outcomes with traditional surgery. However, while it is a highly effective technique, it may not be suitable for everyone.
Factors like your overall health and the severity of damage to the knee play a role in determining your eligibility for the procedure. Your surgeon will assess these factors and discuss the potential risks and benefits to help you make an informed decision.
To determine if robotic knee replacement surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation with Mr Jonathan Webb. He offers this option at both his London and Bristol knee clinics.