Knee injuries are typical injuries that may occur during physical exercise or through accidents. Athletes are most prone to get knee injuries. This is because athletes undergo a lot of physical activities, which may cause a lot of pressure on your knee, increasing the likelihood of getting injuries. These injuries may be pretty severe, especially those from accidents requiring knee replacement. Technological advancements have made it possible for Houston robotics-assisted knee replacement operations. This procedure type is discussed in detail in the article below.
What is Robotics-Assisted Knee Replacement?
This operation is similar to conventional knee replacement in that the surgeon gets rid of the damaged knee tissues and replaces them with an artificial joint. However, this operation is done with help from a handheld robotic device or a robotic arm.
These procedures assisted by robots prove to have better precision leading to better results and shorter recovery times. Complex operations may require the robot-assisted device to offer better balance when aligning the joint and the soft tissues surrounding your knee.
There are various types of robotics-assisted knee replacement tools such as:
· Mako Robotic-Assisted Knee Surgery
· The Navio Surgical System
These robotic tools aim at achieving the same result even though the planning steps and performance techniques differ. They can be both used in total and partial knee replacement surgeries.
The Navio Surgical System
When planning your traditional knee replacement surgery procedure, rods, X-rays, and cutting guides are put on the bone surfaces to ensure proper alignment.
The measurements of the hip, knee, and ankle are taken by the Navio system. The system then records how your knee joint and leg move by moving your leg through a range of motion. The measurements together form a 3-D image particular to your knee. The 3-D image is used by your surgeon to select the appropriate implant type and placement and create a specific surgical plan.
The handheld specialized robotic device and the 3-D model of your knee assist the surgeon in fine-tuning the surgery in the operating room. The Navio guides implant placement, joint alignment and evaluates cuts while helping your surgeon’s expertise.
The Mako Robot takes a different approach when assisting the surgeon following the surgical plan. It also uses particular knee scans to get exact measurements of your knee before surgery.
A special CAT scan forms a 3-D image of your knee joint, surrounding tissues, and bone structure. The detailed picture enables the surgeon to plan the steps of the surgery.
Cuts made are precision as good as the millimeter when picking the correct positioning and implant size. Your surgeon can use tracking pins to assist the robot in confirming accurate positioning and size from your CAT scans.
The Mako tool positions itself as the surgeon uses it to conduct the knee replacement. The tool is a valuable guide to your surgeon as they fine-tune their skills and experience.
Injuries to your knee can happen to anyone at any time. Being one of the most used joints, the knee may find it hard to evade wounds. Check us out online or call our offices in Houston, TX, for any knee replacement concerns.