Robotic hip replacement surgery is relatively new. Still, it has been gaining popularity over the past few years due to its potential to improve accuracy, reduce surgical time, and improve patient satisfaction. Robots can perform tasks with greater precision than even the most skilled surgeons. In addition, robotic hip replacement surgery eliminates the need for the patient to be placed under general anesthesia, which can be a significant risk factor for certain patients. Many people who have lost movement and freedom due to arthritis, accident, or other causes might benefit significantly from hip replacement surgery. Doctors used to perform hip replacements manually for many years. Some procedures were unsuccessful because the replacement hip made the affected limb abnormally long or short. Hip replacement surgeries are now quite successful because of robotic hip replacement surgery and recovery times have dropped significantly.
Robotic-assisted hip replacement surgery has significant advantages over conventional replacement procedures.
CONSEQUENCES OF HIP REPLACEMENT SURGICAL PROCEDURES
The ball and socket joint in your hip are removed and replaced with an artificial one during hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery entails inserting a metal rod with a ball at its end into the top of the femur (the prominent bone in the leg) and a corresponding prosthetic socket into the hip area.
ROBOTIC-ASSISTED HIP REPLACEMENT: PROS AND CONS
One of the most significant benefits of using robots is their accuracy. The success of your attempts to walk generally with hip prostheses hinges on their proper implantation. Hip replacement procedures performed using robotic assistance are substantially more precise than those achieved by hand. Most doctors use the Mako® robotic system to guarantee flawless operation.
Robot-assisted hip replacement: how it works
A CT scan of your hip joint will provide a 3-D model of your bones, which will be used in the next step of your hip replacement process. The doctor will utilize this 3-dimensional model as a precise guide for your surgery utilizing the Mako system.
The Mako robotic arm carries out the surgical procedure following the predetermined program. The doctor’s ability to make real-time adjustments to the system’s settings is one way the Mako system can respond to unexpected developments during surgery. The surgical arm is restricted to a small working space determined by the surgeon ahead of time, minimizing the possibility of error.
Ensuring the leg with the new hip is the same length as the one with the old hip is crucial to the operation’s overall success. Robotic-assisted surgery is five times more effective than traditional surgery in achieving a good match in leg length. Similarly essential is the patient’s hip angle, with robotic treatments being almost twice as precise as conventional methods.
Manual hip replacement surgery sometimes results in wider incisions and more frequent tissue disturbances than necessary due to the massive size of the hip joint and replacement prostheses. The Mako system’s precision helps reduce these complications, which might help you heal more quickly from your hip replacement surgery. You’ll likely be able to walk the same day, and physical therapy will be able to begin within a couple of days.