As with many other medical procedures today, patients who require orthopedic surgery will have the option of traditional or robotic-assisted surgery.
Understandably, some patients are unsure about robotic surgery and have a few questions – Are robots performing the entire procedure? Is it ultimately safe? What are the benefits? Why should I choose robotic surgery over traditional surgery?
Since robotic surgery is relatively new and orthopedic surgery is a major procedure, these concerns are understandable. Firstly, robots do not perform the entire process. A more accurate term is robotic-assisted surgery, and you can rest assured that human surgeons are in total control.
Robotic-assisted surgery simply incorporates robotic aids such as consoles, vision carts, and robotic arms. These robotic extensions and platforms allow surgeons to work with incredible accuracy while receiving the most accurate feedback possible.
Robotic technology is designed with only one intention – To improve how we perform vital tasks. Furthermore, the application of robotic surgery in the medical field is one of the most positive and promising applications as it can and does improve and save lives.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of robotic-assisted orthopedic surgery so that you can make an informed choice!
Faster Recovery Periods
Statistics show that robotic surgery patients have a faster recovery time post-procedure because robotic surgery is more accurate and precise. Surgeons can use smaller tools and make more precise incisions resulting in less unnecessary tissue damage.
Better Range of Movement
Robotic-assisted surgery also results in an improved range of movement post-procedure. In addition, using robotic-assisted technology, surgeons can target damaged cartilage and bone more accurately, minimizing the impact on healthy bone tissues and ligaments.
Difficulty in movement and a lengthy recovery period are inevitable consequences of orthopedic surgeries, along with pain and discomfort—which are typical side effects of most invasive medical procedures.
The improved post-operative ROM that robotic surgery offers will encourage more patients to undergo these surgeries, significantly improving their quality of life.
Improved Pre-Operative Planning
A significant benefit of robotic-assisted surgery is in the pre-planning phase. Using robotic technology, surgeons can plan the implant size, placement, and alignment more accurately. As a result, it reduces procedure length and ensures a neat and optimal surgical procedure.
Improved Soft-Tissue Balancing
Soft tissue balancing keeps the joint aligned in flexion and extension and is essential for the implant’s durability. Robotic technology vastly improves this vital surgical component and will ensure a more successful surgery.
Less Pain and Discomfort
Orthopedic surgery can be excruciating and uncomfortable for the patient post-procedure. It is one of the significant barriers to entry for orthopedic surgery, with many patients declining operations based on the perceived pain and discomfort they might experience.
Due to the increased accuracy and minimized tissue damage that robotic surgery provides, most patients recovering from robotic procedures have less postoperative pain and discomfort.
Robotic surgery is an option for a variety of orthopedic surgeries. As always, the decision to move forward with this type of surgery should primarily be based on the advice you receive from a qualified medical practitioner, as they will take your circumstances and medical needs into consideration, too.