For some people with hip or knee pain, the words “joint replacement surgery” can be more frightening than just living with the discomfort. Will joint replacement surgery hurt? Will I be out of work or away from my daily activities for too long after surgery?
Robotic technology for total joint replacements can help to ease some of those concerns, says Dr. Mark Peterson, an orthopedic surgeon with Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. He performed some of our region’s first total knee replacements using MAKOplasty® robotic technology at Shady Grove Medical Center in spring 2017.
“Robotic total joint arthroplasty is a more precise way to implant total joints. It is exactly the same type of implant that is put in the traditional way. It just uses computer navigation to help with placement,” he says.
The result is much more precise placement of the new joint, Dr. Peterson says. “You can manipulate the implant with the use of a CT scan prior to making any cuts.”
What does this means for patients? In studies of the technology in 2015 and 2016, patients who underwent robotic surgery reported less pain and higher levels of activity than groups who underwent traditional joint replacement surgery.
“This is due to less manipulation and dissection during surgery,” Dr. Peterson says.
All first-time joint replacement patients are candidates for MAKOplasty®. Shady Grove Medical Center is the only hospital in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., offering the technology for both total and partial replacements of hips and knees.
Whether or not patients opt for robotic or traditional joint replacement, Shady Grove’s pre-surgery classes and support from a specialized team of nurses, therapists and other caregivers can help patients overcome any fears. In 2016, The Joint Commission again recognized Shady Grove for its quality outcomes in hip and knee replacement.