When it comes to robotic joint replacements, Fox Valley residents want to know what to expect so that they can decide if this is the right procedure for them. There is some information that is pertinent that your doctor will discuss with you. Having the basic knowledge in advance will help you to make your decision.
Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing
This is a procedure that provides a partial knee replacement. It uses both an implant and bone resurfacing to help reduce the symptoms of arthritis. When this is done using a robot, the surgeon is better able to control the surgery. This helps to ensure the most successful outcome.
You might be a good candidate for this procedure if you are a younger adult with early onset arthritis that is into the mid-stage. Your knee should still be relatively aligned and the ACL should still be intact.
Robotic-Assisted Total Joint Replacement
If you need a joint completely replaced, there are some benefits associated with having your surgery done by a robot. The procedure is relatively the same compared to your surgeon fully performing the replacement with the exception of a robot doing most of the work. This might help the procedure to be better controlled, which could help to promote a better outcome.
Walk the Day Following Your Surgery
With this more advanced surgical method, most people are up and walking by the next day. This will help to speed up your healing time and work to reduce the risk of certain complications. This is important, especially for older adults who are at a higher risk for complications, such as blood clots and pneumonia.
Get Into Physical Therapy Faster
Physical therapy is important following a joint replacement surgery. Since you can get up faster and start walking around, you can usually get into physical therapy faster. Getting into physical therapy can help to enhance the healing process.
Ensure Adequate Surgeon Experience with Robotic Surgery
While a robot is doing a lot of the work with this type of joint replacement, you still need a qualified surgeon to control the robot. This requires a special level of expertise that not all surgeons have. Make sure that your surgeon is experienced when it comes to doing joint replacements with a robot. This will help to ensure that the surgery goes as smoothly as possible so that you can fully benefit from a new joint.
As you can see, there is a lot to know about robotic joint replacements. Now that you have the basic information, you can better make a good decision for your joint replacement.
Ready to Get Started?
To find out if robotic surgery is right for you, get started by requesting a consultation with one of the joint replacement specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI). Please call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online. OSI is Northeast Wisconsin’s exclusive provider of Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for Hips & Knees.
OSI has convenient locations to serve you. The campus in Appleton includes a clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a skilled nursing facility, as well as a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries.
OSI has outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.
OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.