Treating Chronic Arthritis With Robotics
Chronic joint pain due to conditions like osteoarthritis can severely impact the quality of life. Those suffering from arthritic pain who wish to reduce pain and increase physical activity may discuss surgery with a doctor. Historically, joint replacement and other orthopedic surgeries were complex, high-risk procedures. Minimally invasive surgery, with the use of a robotic arm, improved this process significantly. Advancements in technology improve efficiency, meaning better outcomes for patients.
What is robotic arm-assisted surgery?
Robotic arm-assisted surgery integrates imaging software, surgical tools, and the robotic arm to construct a 3-dimensional image of the joint before surgery. This method improves the effectiveness of the knee and hip replacement. From there, the surgeon can use a few small incisions to remove damaged bone and install the prosthetics. This extra step in the process, along with robotic guidance, has significant advantages.
Efficiency speeds up surgical time and recovery
The robotic device allows the surgeon to set the implants in the software in advance virtually. On the day of the surgery, the surgeon is guided by the robot. The machine helps with removing the damaged cartilage and installing the new joint. Surgeons can make errors without the robotic arm. However, the arm compensates for even the most minor changes. These advantages speed up the entire surgical process. Furthermore, the accuracy means faster recovery compared to open or non-robotic surgery.
Smaller incisions reduce the chance of infections
Robotic-assisted surgery happens under minimally invasive means. Most procedures also occur at an ambulatory surgical center (ASC), which specializes in outpatient surgeries only. That means the robot will guarantee smaller incisions for the surgery, minimizing infection. There is also reduced blood loss and reduced risk of complications. Reduced infections and complications allow the body to focus on healing the new joint, speeding up recovery.
Accuracy improves long-term health
Surgery with the robotic arm means that patients see improvements in as little as 2 weeks. The joint adjusts to the new prosthetics well and the degree of accuracy reduces pain. Compared to traditional surgery, robotics can cut recovery in half. Long term, the joint-life will exceed the expected 10 years. This durability impacts the overall health of the patient since the patient can be more active.
A trusted surgeon in your corner
Some patients are concerned about the experience level of the surgeon. The device can even the playing field, giving less experienced doctors a literal helping hand. The device ensures proper preparation of the bone and joint. Furthermore, the surgeon gets real-time feedback and can make adjustments accordingly. Studies show that surgeons with less experience were more confident and had greater outcomes with robotic help.
Transform your joint with technology
The robotic arm is a tool and extension of the surgeon. The technology helps with accuracy, reduces infections, improves success, and speeds up recovery. If joint pain is impacting movement and making life difficult, speak with an orthopedic surgeon. The surgeon can devise a plan to help with arthritic pain. If this fails, robotic surgery may provide much-needed help for qualified patients.