Experiencing knee pain caused due to osteoarthritis, fracture, injury, repetitive stress, or aging and afraid to undergo surgery because of the risk and complications caused by the surgery? Here, in this blog, we are going to describe about the advantages & disadvantages of Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery over traditional surgery methods.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery

Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery

A robotic Knee Replacement Surgery is a procedure where a robot is employed to make the necessary surgical bone cuts in a patient’s knees. In the traditional method, an orthopedic surgeon removes the defective part of the knee joint and replaces it with an artificial joint. But, in robotic knee replacement surgery, the robots remove the defective part of the knee with greater precision and better result.


Before inserting the knee implant, the surgeon precisely shapes the surrounding bone using portable robots. Each area is properly navigated so that even the farthest portion of the knee can be seen. This helps in laying out precise cuts at proper angles.


What are the advantages of Robotic Knee replacement surgery?

Robotic knee surgery has already proven to be an effective medical technique. The medical field has benefited in many ways:


  • Greater Precision

    Robotic knee assistance can be performed with a high degree of accuracy and precision as the exact incisions and angles are targeted with the help of a robot. This also helps to secure the other tissue that is not damaged and needs no repair. As a result, robotic knee replacement surgery helps improve the alignment and balance of soft tissue.


  • Better Visualization

    In robotic knee replacement surgery, images inside the knee joint of a patient are enhanced and are in high definition through a high-definition camera. Also, it helps to possess 3D images that are superior to the human eye.


    Also, there is no need of undergoing several CT scans before the surgery as in robotic knee replacement surgery advanced computer program is used to collect the correct alignment of a patient’s knee. So, a patient is saved from exposure to radiation that could harm in other ways.


  • Focus on Speed and Accuracy

    Speed and accuracy, both are important key benefits of robotic knee replacement surgery. As the robot has previously measured the distance of the deformity from the upper surface, the surgeon has more control over the surgery. When the implants are set up in the exact position, the robot alarms the doctor about the same which removes all the chances of errors in surgery.


  • Helps in Faster Recovery

    According to some research done on robotic knee replacement surgery, it can result in a faster recovery time when compares to other surgical procedures. Patients undergoing robotic knee replacement surgery report less pain when the implants are in the right position. Also, there is less bleeding and a lower risk of infection which results in a 50% faster recovery time.


  • Long-term Success Rate

    Overall, robotic knee replacement surgery provides very high satisfaction to patients. Generally, the implants are expected to last for at least 10 to 15 years but these numbers might increase even more with the help of robotic surgery. The chances of failure decrease when the implants are put precisely at the right location.


What are the disadvantages of Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery?

Robotic knee surgery is effective but it has certain disadvantages such as:


  • Mechanical Failure

    Mechanical failure in a robotic surgery can result in the false alignment of a patient’s knee. System components such as robotic arms, cameras, robotic towers, binocular lenses, and other instruments can fail. This can result in false aliment of implants at the wrong positions.


  • Trained Surgeon and Staff

    Only specially trained surgeons and staff can perform the robotic knee replacement surgery. In robotic total knee replacement surgery, a robot’s main function is to cut the knee bone & tissue accurately. The other functions such as fitting the implant, stitching the area etc. are performed by the surgeon and staff who are only trained in robotic surgery.


  • Cost of the Surgery

    Compared to the traditional method of knee replacement, the cost of the procedure of robotic knee replacement is higher. This is due to the involvement of an experienced surgeon, trained staff, cost of machine and maintenance.


  • Robotic Data

    Understanding the data that robotic arms operate on is crucial. Robotic arms are only as good as the information or data they are provided with. The time taken, cut sizes and scans are all included in this data inside the robot. A few or more cuts, because of misfed data can increase the problem in the patients, so the data need to be precise and accurate.


    If you are experiencing knee pain and considering robotic knee replacement surgery for your problem, contact Cure My Knee. We have highly experienced orthopedic surgeons, who will assist with the best possible solution depending on your condition.


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