Robotic-assisted partial knee replacement (PKR) might seem like a procedure out of a science-fiction movie, but this advanced technique is FDA-approved. In fact, patients with joint degradation in either the inner or outer part of the knee as a result of osteoarthritis can often get better results with robotic surgery than through conventional procedures.
Not sure if a robot-assisted knee replacement, or MAKOplasty™, is right for you? Learning about the benefits may convince you to discuss the option with your orthopedic surgeon.
No. 1: Robotic-Assisted PKR Surgery Is Precise
Robotic-assisted partial knee replacement allows an orthopedic surgeon to selectively target damaged joint areas. During the procedure, only the diseased portions of the knee are resurfaced — the healthy bone and surrounding tissues are preserved.
Thanks to proprietary MAKOplasty™ technology, orthopedic surgeons can be more precise with knee implant placement, which means the new joint will suffer less friction and wear. Patients who undergo robotic-assisted PKR typically have fewer complications. And with this type of joint replacement, future revision surgery is needed less often.
No. 2: Robotic-Assisted PKR Surgery Results Feel Natural
Worried about your joint feeling robotic after robotic-assisted partial knee replacement? Don’t be — patients who opt for this surgical technique experience results that feel completely natural.
Accurate alignment and implant positioning are crucial to a natural-feeling joint replacement. The robotic arm, along with the sophisticated 3D software, provides the orthopedic surgeon with the means to achieve a more exact alignment. The MAKOplasty™ can be mapped out in advance, with the surgeon making any necessary adjustments based upon real-time video imaging.
Because of the accuracy, results from robotic-assisted PKR surgery feel more natural.
No. 3: Recovery from Robotic-Assisted PKR Surgery Is Faster
The MAKOplasty™ procedure is less invasive than conventional knee replacement surgery — the incisions are smaller, and more of the surrounding bone and tissue is left undisturbed. So patients feel less postoperative pain, heal faster and are able to return to their normal activities sooner.
Because of the speedier recovery, most robotic-assisted PKR patients are able to leave the hospital in just one or two days — much faster than patients who undergo conventional joint replacement.
Plus, research shows that MAKOplasty™ patients have better surgical outcomes. The improved precision and alignment means that implants placed by the robotic arm are less likely to loosen prematurely or experience issues with surrounding joint components.
Ready to find out more? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Trevor H. Magee at Comprehensive Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. With extensive training and experience with the MAKOplasty™ technology, Dr. Magee is one of Utah’s leading experts in robotic-assisted partial knee replacement. To schedule your consultation, contact our office today.