Robonavigation (Software Guided Surgery)
The idea of a robot performing surgery may seem like something from a science fiction film, but robots are an increasingly common sight in surgical suites. When it comes to certain types of joint replacement surgeries, robots can help improve accuracy — which can mean better outcomes for patients.
We currently are using robotic technology for partial knee replacements, full knee replacements and hip replacements. Robotic-assisted surgery has the potential to speed recovery compared to standard procedures
How robotic-assisted surgery works
- The robots help with pre-surgical planning. Using 3-D imaging, doctors can plan each surgery around the patient’s unique anatomy. This helps to ensure the correct sizing and positioning of the implant.
- The robotic arm controls certain aspects of the surgery. “The robotic arm positions the saw blade for a total knee replacement or the reamer for a total hip replacement, The arm positions the tool so that it can only operate in one plane, so it’s very precise. The robotic arm won’t allow the surgeon to go outside the specified dimensions.”