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Computer-Assisted Robotic Total Knee Replacement

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Computer-Assisted Robotic Total Knee Replacement

What is Computer-Assisted Robotic Total Knee Replacement?

A minimally invasive procedure, computer-assisted robotic total knee replacement involves the use of a robotic machine to remove damaged cartilage and bone in the knee and replace it with parts made of plastic, metal, or ceramic for durability. The robotic machine is controlled by the surgeon through the use of a computer console.

Also Known As:

  • Robot-assisted total knee replacement
  • Knee surgery
  • Knee replacement
  • Robotic surgery

Conditions Treated with Computer-Assisted Robotic Total Knee Replacement:

Computer-assisted robotic total knee replacement is utilized in cases of knee injury, knee pain, knock knees, bowed legs, reduced knee mobility, and arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis of the knee.  

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Computer-Assisted Robotic Total Knee Replacement:

Non-surgical alternatives to computer-assisted robotic total knee replacement include pain medication, physical therapy, strength training, weight loss, walking aids, bracing, anti-inflammatory steroid injections and hyaluronic acid injections. Arthroscopic total knee replacement, total knee replacement, knee fusion and osteotomy are surgical alternatives to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Computer-Assisted Robotic Total Knee Replacement:

Computer-assisted robotic total knee replacement may be performed with epidural anesthesia. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Computer-Assisted Robotic Total Knee Replacement:

Possible risks following computer-assisted robotic total knee replacement include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for the artificial knee to become dislocated and for there to be little to no improvement in mobility.

Prognosis after Computer-Assisted Robotic Total Knee Replacement:

The prognosis for a positive end result following computer-assisted robotic total knee replacement is good.

Recovery from Computer-Assisted Robotic Total Knee Replacement:

The total recovery from computer-assisted robotic total knee replacement takes six to eight weeks.

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