Robotic Assisted Total Knee Replacement
Robotic assisted total knee replacement (TKA) is a procedure for patients who experience debilitating pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis that has progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It uses robotic technology driven by a modern surgical navigation platform that allows the surgeon to meticulously plan and execute a procedure that is specific to each individual patient, and to optimize implant placement.
How robotic assisted total knee replacement technology works
The robotic technology allows the surgeon to plan and execute a surgical procedure that is truly specific to the patient's condition and anatomy. This unique procedure helps enable the surgeon to plan implant fit and alignment before any bone resections are performed, ensuring the desired outcome. The robotic assisted system uses a patented BONE MORPHING™ technology that quickly builds and displays a 3D model of the patient's anatomy in real-time during surgery. Using this 3D imagery, the surgeon can safely and accurately plan and implement the surgical procedure. This computer system then guides the surgeon with a robotic guide and will verify the plan has been followed, to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient.
Patient benefits of robotic assisted surgery
The robotic assisted TKA procedure can help patients return to daily activities, and help them stay active. By incorporating a minimally invasive surgical protocol, patients may be less likely to suffer complications that may occur in traditional surgery. With less trauma during surgery, recipients may experience a quicker recovery with less pain. The precision of the technology helps ensure ideal leg alignment, which can result in less stress on the knee joint, meaning the joint replacement could last longer.
The procedure uses a patented Bone Morphing™ technology that quickly builds a 3D model of the patient’s knee during surgery. The surgeon can safely and accurately plan his bone resections and implant placement based on each patient’s anatomy. Once the implant position is optimized, the system will position the cutting guides. The surgeon is not dependent on making a pre-operative plan based on CT scans, or X-rays, therefore saving the patient from unnecessary exposure to high amounts of radiation.
Precise Leg Alignment
Well-defined algorithms and adjustable resection guides enable the surgeon to accurately reconstruct the mechanical axis of the patient’s leg. This advanced technology allows the surgeon to reproduce the leg’s mechanical axis quickly and easily. During surgery, a real time assessment of limb alignment and soft tissue tension can be made for surgeons to verify that their surgery was executed to plan.
Total knee replacement is typically covered by Medicare-approved and private health insurers. It is always recommended that patients consult the treating physician and individual health plan.