Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Orthopedic Surgeons located in McKinney, TX, Prosper, TX & Sherman, TX
Recent years have seen great advances in joint replacement surgery, including the use of robotic technology for superior patient outcomes. The experienced orthopedic surgeons at Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in McKinney, Prosper, and Sherman, Texas, perform robotic-assisted joint replacement procedures. To find out if you’re a good candidate for robotic-assisted joint replacement, call or book an appointment online today.
Robotic Joint Replacement Q & A
What is robotic-assisted joint replacement?
If the thought of robotic surgery makes you nervous, don’t worry. Your surgeon at Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is 100% in control of the procedure at all times.
The use of robotic technology to assist in surgery is becoming increasingly common. The team at Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine uses the Mako® robotic arm to assist with various joint replacement procedures, including:
- Total knee replacement
- Partial knee resurfacing
- Total hip replacement
Robotic-assisted surgery isn’t the best option for everyone. Your surgeon carefully evaluates your physical condition and medical history to determine the best type of procedure for you.
How does robotic-assisted joint replacement work?
A robot doesn’t actually perform your joint replacement surgery. However, it does assist with presurgical planning and ensures precise movements during the procedure.
Before surgery, your provider at Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine uses the robotic technology to create a 3D virtual model of your knee or hip. The Mako robotic surgical system uses this model to generate a customized presurgical plan based on your unique joint anatomy.
During the procedure, your surgeon controls the Mako robotic arm from a terminal and carefully removes the damaged or diseased tissue from your joint. The robotic arm is capable of meticulous movements that would be impossible to execute with a human hand.
Information from your presurgical plan guarantees the robotic arm won’t move outside the designated treatment area. This offers a level of precision and control only attainable with robotic technology.
What are the benefits of robotic-assisted joint replacement?
Because robotic-assisted joint replacements utilize customized presurgical plans and precise movements, they offer many advantages over nonrobotic procedures. Benefits of robotic joint replacement include:
- More accurate implant positioning, which leads to improved comfort after surgery
- Reduced risk of damaging healthy nearby tissues
- Smaller incisions, which lead to smaller scars and less pain
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recoveries
Robotic-assisted joint replacements also appear to last longer and be less likely to fail than nonrobotic replacements.
To find out if robotic-assisted joint replacement is right for you, call Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online today.
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