Study finds lower complication rates after robotic knee surgery

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Robotic technology has been making significant strides in the world of medicine, and knee surgery is no exception. A recent study published in Arthroplasty Today highlights the numerous benefits of using robotic assistance in knee replacement surgeries. These benefits ultimately lead to lower complication rates and improved patient outcomes.

Study into robotic-assisted surgeries

Researchers analysed data from over 45,000 total knee arthroplasty (TKA) procedures, comparing patients who underwent robotic-assisted surgeries and those who had conventional surgeries. The study focused on the first 90 days post-surgery, examining complications such as infections, blood clots, and dislocations.

According to the study, patients who underwent knee replacement surgery with robotic assistance experienced a complication rate of just 1.5%. In contrast, the complication rate for those who had traditional surgery was notably higher at 2.6%. This reduction in complications can be attributed to the superior accuracy and minimally invasive nature of the robotic procedure, which can lead to faster recovery times and fewer postoperative issues.

The study also found that patients who received robotic-assisted surgery had a shorter length of hospital stay and a lower rate of readmission to the hospital within 90 days after surgery compared to those who had traditional surgery.

Why less complications after robotic knee surgery?

One of the primary advantages of robotic-assisted knee surgery is precision. The advanced technology allows surgeons to make more accurate cuts and alignments, which can greatly improve the longevity and functionality of the implant. This increased precision ultimately leads to a more natural-feeling knee for patients, enabling them to regain their mobility and independence.

Moreover, robotic-assisted surgery often results in less blood loss and reduced need for pain management. This is due to the fact that the technology allows for smaller incisions and reduced tissue damage. As a result, patients can experience a quicker recovery and return to their normal activities sooner than with traditional surgical methods.

Robotic technology also aids in the customisation of knee replacement procedures. Surgeons can utilise the advanced imaging capabilities to create a personalised surgical plan for each patient, taking into account their unique anatomy and specific needs. This level of customisation can lead to improved patient satisfaction and long-term success of the implant.

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In conclusion, the use of robotic technology in knee surgery offers multiple benefits, including increased precision, reduced complication rates, and a more personalised approach to treatment. As this technology continues to advance and become more widely adopted, patients undergoing knee replacement surgery can look forward to a more promising future in terms of recovery and long-term results.

Neil has performed more than 4000 knee replacements, including total and partial replacements, and specialises in all aspects of knee surgery. For those patients that are suitable, he offers Mako robotic arm assisted knee replacement surgery, providing a tailored surgical plan for improved accuracy and better results.

To find out whether you would benefit from robotic knee surgery, book a consultation by calling 07724 909 414.