Annual Advancements in Medicine Section
From 3D-printing technology in dentistry, to robotic arm assistance in orthopedic surgeries, to anesthetic advances and beyond, new research in the medical field makes for easier procedures for patients and doctors alike. These Chattanooga-based medical professionals share the latest in revolutionary treatment options.
By Lindsey June
Thanks to robot-assisted technology, knee replacement surgery is more efficient than ever.
If you deal with chronic knee pain, you’re not alone. There’s a good chance you’re dealing with osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis in the knee, which affects approximately 30 million Americans every year. By 2030, almost 70 million Americans are projected to be at increased risk for OA. When left untreated, OA can lead to increased pain, decreased range of motion, swelling and inflammation, and joint instability.
Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, strength training, and improved flexibility can have beneficial effects on overall joint health. However, in severe cases of OA in the knee, the joint damage may be irreversible and knee replacement surgery will be necessary.
Thanks to advancements in medical technology, there are new options for knee replacement surgery. Technology like the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution, for instance, is easily integrated into operating rooms and can adapt to a surgeon’s workflow. Your surgeon will use this tech to pre-plan the surgery and then perform it with a guiding robotic arm. The arm helps precisely remove bone and cartilage to prepare for the knee implant.
What to Expect
Your orthopedic surgeon will use the robot-assisted technology to create a 3D model of your knee. The guiding robotic arm and the surgeon will both be in control of the surgical instruments the entire time. Once the bone is prepared, the implant will be placed and the joint properly balanced. Recovery time is usually quicker than it is with traditional knee replacement methods.
Benefits to Patients
Robot-assisted knee replacement technology is a great tool for both the orthopedic surgeon and the patient. It allows for a more efficient and time-saving surgery, and also minimizes pain and blood loss. Shorter recovery times mean that you’ll be back on your feet in no time – most patients are walking within a few hours of surgery and appropriately selected patients even go home the same day.