Preparing to undergo a robotic-assisted knee replacement? If so, you may be wondering what to expect in your recovery.
Compared to traditional knee replacements, it is claimed that robotic-assisted procedures can have a shorter recovery time as there is less trauma to the tissues in the knee. So, what can you expect from the recovery and what else should you know about this procedure? Find out below…
What is the recovery like with robotic-assisted knee replacements?
The recovery process after robotic-assisted knee replacements will vary between patients. Factors such as your age, overall health, and whether you experienced any complications will all play a role.
As the procedure is minimally invasive, you will usually go home the same day. Most patients find that it takes around three or four weeks to make a full recovery. However, in some cases, it may take up to six weeks.
The surgeon will give you specific aftercare instructions you’ll need to follow. Following their advice will help you to achieve the best results, as well as speed up the recovery process.
Is the procedure carried out by a robot?
No, at least not by the type of robot you might think. The procedure is carried out by a skilled surgeon, with the help of a robotic arm. The robotic arm is simply there to aid in the precision of the procedure.
Will the joint feel natural?
One of the main worries patients have before a knee replacement is whether the results will feel natural. This is especially the case in robotic-assisted procedures. The good news is that the joint is likely going to feel more natural than it would with a traditional knee replacement. This is because of the enhanced precision used during the surgery.
There is a risk you may experience joint awareness after the procedure. This is common for patients who have undergone a knee replacement. It basically means you will feel numbness or stiffness when doing things such as walking up the stairs or kneeling. Robotic-assisted knee replacements do lower the risk, but it is still something to be aware of.
What are the risks of robotic-assisted knee replacement?
As well as joint awareness, there are a few other risks of robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery. They include:
- Blood loss or blood clots
- Nerve damage
- Stiffness of the knee
As the procedure typically takes a little longer than standard knee replacements, there is an enhanced risk of infection. Watch out for any fluid leakage, swelling, or redness around the incision site.
These risks and complications are rare with robotic-assisted knee replacements. However, the surgeon will be able to identify your individual risk factors and alert you to any potential issues.
Knee specialist Mr Jonathan Webb now exclusively performs full and partial knee replacements using MAKO robotic technology due to the benefits it delivers to patients. To find out more, get in touch to arrange an appointment at either his London or Bristol clinics.