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How Does Robotic Knee Surgery Work?

January 5, 2023

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When you need knee replacement surgery, you want the most effective and safe option available. Since no two patients are exactly alike, no two knee joint replacement surgeries should be exactly alike either. By pairing the experience, expertise, and skill set of an orthopedic knee surgeon with an advanced robotic surgical assistant, we are able to provide advanced, completely personalized knee replacement procedures to our patients. 

We are proud to offer ROSA® Knee robotic technology from Zimmer Biotmet. ROSA, which stands for Robotic Surgical Assistant, is designed to help your specially-trained surgeon tailor the placement of your knee implant just for you. The surgical procedure using ROSA Knee is similar to traditional total knee replacements but with a robotic assistant. Your surgeon has been specially trained to use ROSA Knee in order to personalize the surgical approach for your unique anatomy.

What Is The Advantage Of A Robotic Knee Surgery Assistant?

Getting a precise knee implant fit is important to your comfort and overall experience following knee replacement surgery. By using robotics in surgery, your orthopedic surgeon can get precise, real-time data about your unique anatomy, including any joint damage, arthritis, etc. By using this data to make more informed decisions, your surgeon is able to plan for and carry out an entirely personalized surgery based on your unique circumstances and needs. This can result in better short and long-term outcomes after your knee joint replacement procedure.

But what does the robotic knee surgery process actually look like?

Before Knee Surgery

Many parts of the pre-surgical process for a total knee replacement surgery (knee joint arthroplasty) are similar in both traditional total joint replacement surgery and robotic joint replacement surgery. The key difference between the traditional method and using robotics in surgery lies in the knee x-rays taken before the procedure. By combining your x-rays, ROSA Knee is used to create a three-dimensional (3D) model of your unique knee anatomy. This 3D model helps your knee replacement surgeon plan the many intricate specifics of your knee replacement surgery based on your individual anatomy. 

During Knee Surgery

During your knee replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon is still entirely in control but aided by the robotic surgical assistant. ROSA Knee does not automatically move on its own, but only if it is prompted to do so by the surgeon, who is specially trained to use the technology. A camera and optical trackers are attached to your leg that allow your surgeon to know exactly where your knee is at any given second of the procedure. Even the slightest of movements are picked up by ROSA Knee so it can adjust accordingly and convey precise, real-time updated data to your surgeon (who is always directly overseeing ROSA from the same room). The combination of human skill and experience combined with ultra-precise, individualized data ensure that your knee surgery is perfectly executed.

After Knee Surgery

After your robotic knee replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will provide you with a personalized recovery plan. Hospital stays, recovery time, physical therapy recommendations, and physical limitations all vary from patient to patient. After your recovery, you can enjoy a life free from joint pain and/or joint damage that may have hindered your mobility and lifestyle before. 

ROSA Knee robotic orthopedic surgery technology at Orthopedic Specialists

Unparalleled Expertise Meets Advanced Technology 

Our team of orthopedic surgery experts continually stays abreast of the latest advancements in orthopedic services and technology. Offering the ROSA Knee robotic orthopedic surgery technology is just one more way that we are bringing the latest in healthcare advancements to our patients. Schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to discuss how ROSA Knee can restore your knee health today!

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