Over the last several years, knee replacement surgery has evolved into a Minimally Invasive technique. This evolution continues to improve surgical outcomes with the practice of robotic-assisted replacement surgeries.
Robotic knee replacement is not performed by a robot alone, but rather it acts as a guide, helping your surgeon follow the predetermined surgical plan. The robot enhances your surgeon's skills during all stages of your surgery to help achieve optimal positioning, which may lead to a healthier and more speedy recovery.1
So, how long does it take to recover from robotic knee replacement? Most patients begin bearing weight and even walking on the joint within a few hours. Though a definite answer for returning to normal activity depends on an individual patient’s age, weight, and overall health. Most patients can resume most daily activities, such as shopping and light housekeeping, within a few weeks after surgery.2 A faster and less painful rehabilitation is made possible by the precision of robotic assistance.
Other advantages of Minimally Invasive Robotic Joint Replacement are:
- Less tissue trauma – muscles and tendons are avoided or separated, not cut
- Smaller incisions and less scarring (two incisions of 1½ to 2 inches each, rather than one 10- to 12-inch incision)
- Shorter hospital stay – 1-2 days (vs. 3-5 days); some patients go home in less than 24 hours
- Reduced blood loss and less need for pre-surgery blood donation
Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Incisions
If you are experiencing knee pain that affects your daily activities, talk to an orthopaedic specialist to determine if robotic knee replacement surgery would help get you back to the activities that you enjoy.
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