Robotic-assisted surgery is an advanced form of laparoscopic surgery that uses a computer-controlled robot to perform minimally invasive procedures using tiny incisions. With the help of special tools and a three-dimensional camera, surgeons can even perform complex procedures, such as knee replacements.
At Austin Orthopedic Institute, orthopedic surgeons Joel Hurt, MD, and Tyler Goldberg, MD, specialize in minimally invasive surgery and bring the latest in robotic-assisted surgery to the Austin, Marble Falls, and Bastrop, Texas communities. We’ve put together some information highlighting the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery.
How does robotic surgery work?
Dr. Hurt routinely performs knee replacement surgeries using the Mako robot-assisted system, which makes replacing a knee joint more precise than ever. Dr. Hurt uses a CT scan to create a virtual 3D model of your knee. This detailed view enables Dr. Hurt to create an individualized surgery plan.
Instead of one long incision, knee replacement surgery with Mako requires only tiny incisions to insert special miniature instruments. During the procedure, Dr. Hurt uses Mako’s robotic arm along with the pre-surgical plan for guidance. The Mako has tracking eyes that detect and adjust for minute movement. Dr. Hurt removes the damaged portions and places the implant, adjusting if needed.
Compared to traditional open surgery, robotic-assisted surgery results in very small incisions, which results in significantly less pain. Robot-assisted surgery enables surgeons to have better control and accuracy and reduces damage to surrounding tissue. Following the procedure, patients experience less discomfort.
Because of the tiny incisions used for robotic-assisted surgery, scarring is minimized. Traditional open knee replacement surgery leaves a large, noticeable scar, whereas the “keyhole” incisions required for robotic-assisted surgery are small, yet enough to guide the camera and robotic arm. Patients are relieved to avoid large incisions.
Shorter hospital stays
As a minimally invasive procedure that limits tissue damage, robotic surgery results in shorter hospital stays than traditional open surgery. You can go home, be with your loved ones, and start the recovery process sooner.
Shorter hospital stays also translate to faster recovery times, which means you can get back on your feet and return to work and other routines more quickly.
Infection is a risk associated with traditional surgery. Smaller incisions mean robotic-assisted surgery has a lower risk of complications such as infections. Because robotic surgery enables greater precision and less risk of human error, the overall complication rate is lower.
Less blood loss
Maintaining normal blood levels during surgery is a top concern. Robotic knee replacement surgery results in less blood loss than open surgery. The three-dimensional view allows the Dr. Hurt to see blood vessels more easily than during traditional open surgery.
The enhanced view, combined with the precision of the robotic instruments, minimizes blood loss.
Robotic-assisted surgery is a major advancement in replacing damaged joints. To find out if you’re a candidate for this procedure, schedule a consultation with one of our providers in Austin, Marble Falls, or Bastrop, Texas. Call or book online today.